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LFTB is just beef. It’s safe - not eye-appealing – but nether is caviar.
LFTB, short for lean finely textured beef, has been dubbed by the media as “pink slime”. Sure it sounds gross. Makes my stomach churn.
But here are the facts. When steaks/roasts are cut, it creates “trim” that becomes ground beef.
Beef today is lean! So they have to add back fat so your hamburgers aren’t crumbly. The taste of beef that we like comes from the fat – or the marbling (picture to the right).
The nutritional profiles of lean finely textured beef and traditional ground beef are nearly identical. Lean finely textured beef is 90%-to-95% lean (5%-10% fat) and, just like all beef, is a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has reviewed and approved this practice as safe. Safety advocates and independent scientists have applauded it as an effective way of ensuring safe beef for consumers.
Bottom line: get the facts from the source. Please check out this website for more information, BeefIsBeef.com.