I publish stories here from time to time about different food products, recipes and dietary information because I think as professionals enterring the healthcare field, it behooves you to be aware of such things. Also, it never fails to amaze me how poorly the general public pays attention to such issues. In this installment of “Ewwww, Gross! Are You Gonna Eat That?” I link you to the story behind some of our society’s favorite foods and the sickening process used to manufacture them. I am talking about hot dogs, baloney and chicken nuggets. Click here to see some appalling pics of the output of a process known as “mechanically separated meat”, a moniker that I myself have laughed about seeing on food packaging in the past. Let me also say by way of disclaimer, that I am overweight and enjoy (in sparing quantities) hot dogs, some processed meats and chicken nuggets. However, I do try to keep them from being regular diet items. For me, its good, fresh, locally produced foods – just in too much quantity – that are the problem. Anyhow, these images and the article they adorn may finally dissuade me from any meats not locally procured.