What you need to know about pink slime before biting into that burger.
Now that the weather is warming up, we're ready to fire up the grill and cook up some burgers! But that excitement might be a bit premature as a new report from ABC World News says that 70 percent of ground beef contains "pink slime."
What is pink slime you ask? Well, it's not pretty. Once only used in dog food and cooking oil, pink slime is the name for beef trimmings that are sprayed with ammonia so they are safe to eat and added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler, according to the report.
So how do you go about avoiding pink slime? McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell have discontinued the use of any meat with pink slime in it, but school cafeterias haven't yet, and since pink slime is not required to be listed on the label, it can be hard to know what you're buying. The best advice from most professionals is to eat steaks or grind your own hamburger meat.
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Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.