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Building muscle with slaughterhouse waste: protein shakes made from meat
Millions of tons of food end up in the trash every year. The idea of a meat processor from Switzerland to make better use of slaughter waste is therefore to be welcomed. It remains to be seen whether his planned products will find buyers. Among other things, protein shakes are being considered.
Protein shakes from slaughterhouse waste
According to experts, protein bars and the like are unnecessary after exercise. A natural protein supply is sufficient. Nevertheless, some athletes resort to the most unusual measures. A trend from the USA was reported last year, according to which breast milk is said to help build muscle. Products from a Swiss meat processor could also cause a sensation in the fitness industry in the future. He is planning protein shakes from slaughterhouse waste.
Food additives made from tendons, cartilage and skin layers
When an animal is slaughtered, only about half of it ends up on the plates. A very large part is processed further, for example into animal feed. The Swiss meat processor Centravo thinks it is a waste, because it wants to make better use of slaughter waste in the future. The company's communications officer, Georg O. Herringer, told the "Swiss Radio and Television" ("SRF") "If an animal is already slaughtered, it makes sense to use as much as possible for us humans." From the remaining ones Tendons, cartilages and skin layers of the slaughtered cattle or pigs are to be obtained from food additives that could be used in protein shakes or sauces.
Use animal fats better for people
The processor is planning a new factory right next to the old plants in Lyss in the canton of Bern. From 2018, new processes are to be used to produce food additives from the waste, which in the future should end up in sauces or protein shakes. According to Herringer, a new market is emerging here: “Consumer acceptance is increasing.” Consumer advocate Sara Stalder also welcomes the fact that animal fats should be used better for people. “This could also replace part of the palm oil produced under questionable conditions,” she told the “SRF”.
Vegetarians "must not be deceived"
However, the information on the packaging is important to her. "Vegetarians or people who do not eat pork should not be misled." The consumer advocate also reminded of something that is often suppressed. Be it ready-made sauces, bread or cheese: there are many foods that are often not vegetarian or vegan. Animal additives are often contained in ready meals. More could be added in the future.
Reduce meat consumption
However, a more sensible way to avoid slaughterhouse waste would be to reduce or avoid meat. This could limit factory farming and do something good for the environment. It would also benefit human health. A meat-rich diet, for example, leads to an increase in the formation of uric acid in the body, which in the long term can lead to kidney stones or gout in some people. In addition, studies indicated that excessive consumption of red meat increases the risk of developing colon cancer or heart attack. (ad)