Who's putting wood in your food?

These 10 big restaurant chains and food companies are just some of those that add cellulose to their products. And it may actually be good for you. Let's hope so.

By TheStreet

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Mar 17, 2011 11:18AM
I think that its really funny that we all worry about this ........ its as simply as 'do not eat at these places', and they will go out of business ....... go to a near by farm, buy meat and vegetables and don't be lazy to make your own meals
Mar 16, 2011 12:55AM
hey joe 900 --is everybody so brain dead too not understand who needs this crap in are food to begin with. We don't need wood  base cellulose, big business needs it period--Maximize profits to cut corners get it?? Ice cream use to be made from cream & milk not wood chip origin cellulose. What is so natural about another way create a un-natural food. Come on people wake and smell the fake coffee. You are what you eat-- A Monsanto & Adm laboratory
Mar 15, 2011 9:14PM
Personally I would not let the FDA manage my Fish Bowl. Their in cahoots with Monsanto and ADM.
Mar 17, 2011 10:35PM
Wow, way to write an article with a misleading title just to get clicks. :/
Cellulose is found in /every green plant on earth/, not just in "wood".

I have no problem with the contents of the article itself, but as a bit of a science geek and a rationalist, I find the title to be a little irritating.
Mar 15, 2011 11:40PM
I think some of you are missing the point. No one is doing anything wrong but they are also not being 100% up front. If you go out to eat and you order a burger, you expect a burger right? Or do you really expect cellulose? I don't know about you all but the McDonald's I have eaten at didn't exactly give me an ingredient chart. They mask the idea with fancy terminology and expect every American to be an expert instead of simply being honest.
Mar 15, 2011 5:44PM
I think the author is confused. The cellulose used in food products is not the same cellulosed used to produce paper (read wood chips here). It comes from plant material and algea, yes, but it is also chemically derived (methyl cellulose) and it is used as a thickener for everything from soup to ice cream. It's not like they take the chipper/shredder out of the garage and chop up a couple trees and mix it with hamburger. It's not the same type of cellulose.
Mar 15, 2011 9:45PM
I find it rather fascinating that there is an article written about cellulose, but you don't hear much how the FDA agreed to regulate gmo alfalfa and what about gmo salmon or gmo anything for that matter? I don't know anyone in there right mind who wants to eat that garbage. It's distructive to nature as well as being destructive to our bodies because there is no true results of what will happen to us or our offspring years down the road from ingesting these poisonous frakenfoods. It's causing hormonal imbalances to our bodies, but people are oblivious because they won't accept (or truly don't know) what these corporations are doing to our food supply. You have to read beyond what is "all natural". Do your research and you'll be surprised. Cellulose is nothing compared to what else wonderful Coporate America and the FDA has agreed to do with our food. It's truly disgusting!!  
Mar 10, 2011 4:00PM

Please get a little education before you post...ALL PLANTS HAVE CELLULOSE!

so if you eat plants then you eat cellulose...our bodies for the most part cannot digest cellulose and thus it is the bulk of what we call fiber. Our bodies are use to dealing with cellulose.

I am not an expert on wood cellulose but unless there is a contaminate that occurs naturally or is added during processing, i can't see any harm in it.

As for "nonorganic fiber" someone mentioned in another post, wood cellulose is organic so i don't know what that could be (are you sure you read it right?)

I would be more concerned about non-natural ingredients, being over weight and/or not exercising enough.  And anyone that smokes has no right to complain about anything being added to their food!

Mar 15, 2011 6:28PM
I think the point is being missed here.  It isn't whether or not you can eat wood without ill effects, it is the fact the multi-billion dollar corporations are putting sawdust in your cheese burger, taco, etc. since it is cheaper than actually using hamburger, which is what most people expect.  And, although they list cellulose in the ingredients, I'm guessing most people don't have a clue that they're eating wood fiber.
Mar 16, 2011 11:09AM

It should be The Food and Drug Administration getting sued, they are telling the Taco Bells it is okay.

Thanks for the article as we need to be better informed on the crazy decisions they make on our behalf. They feed cows cement (and we eat the cows) and they feed us wood...

guess the important thing is that all those companies make a buck!!!!

Mar 15, 2011 8:45PM
Nice story if you got a case of the woodies,your front teeth are getting longer and that knot hole on the tree is making you horny.-But---- this is another case of runaway capitalism and corruption in the food industry and the paid for hire FDA. Its all about profits piss on people with allergies, allergic reactions- your just collateral damage in my way of making millions and screwing small family owned farms trying to make a living selling you real food. Read the label ? Ya  sure let me get my Nutrition Degree with a Chemistry minor first and can you make the print bigger too, please !
Mar 15, 2011 4:03PM

Cellulose isn't just found in wood. It is a basic element of plant cells.  Some people, 1 % of all Americans, are violently allergic to the gluten in wheat, barley, and rye and wheat  is not fully digested by any humans.  I don't hear of the other 99% of the population getting grossed out by the idea of eating wheat.  Cellulose is just vegetable matter.  If people are getting sick on baked goods, they be better to not self diagnose but find out what they are really reacting to or stop eating plants, period.  Several food products are derived from wood and are in food under their chemical names.

Mar 15, 2011 6:08PM

Why make the public panic and be afraid by missing half the facts please????? Sometimes--- cellulose is from other plants-- such as bamboo, cotton and corn!-- NOT just wood. I don't appreciate 'half-truths' for the sake of attention. However-- I don't like fast food places because of the poor flavors, fat, salt and general other sugar or carbohydrate (starches) as fillers.. and I will taste and/or eat something with the word 'cellulose' on the label rather than a label stating 'benzoates, sorbates, BHA or BHT'.  By the way, cellulose has little or no calories 'cause it's 'roughage'---- and often doesn't taste or have much structure without fat and starch-- so don't you think the problem would be more from the fat and starches??????



Yes cellulose is edible, and doesn't pose any problems to our body. Its just fiber. But this just hints at the bigger picture. It's all about cost cutting and what the big businesses think they can get away with. Shortchanging the ingredients and replacing them with cheep fillers to increase profits is one thing, but we all know that isn't the only place they cut costs. They also shortchange the clean-up cycle, hence all the recent recalls from tainted products. From eggs and chicken to sterile wipes to tainted IV products, the cost cutting is out of control.  Not till we kill several people do we address this issue, and then only half ****. Will people ever regrow a conscience. Well probably not!!!!
Mar 15, 2011 6:29PM
Now, if they would increase the percentage of sawdust in my food, I could make my own toilet paper!!!
Mar 10, 2011 1:02PM
What ever happened to the great country that gave a damn about its fellow citizens?

Is greed all that's left?  The stinking dollar?

I'm going to go eat a piece of lumber.

Apr 6, 2011 11:47AM
So much for the cereal commercial that says, NO Cardboard.  I've suspected that cardboard has been used in cereal for years.  No worms in Wendy's burgers?  yea right.  It's not about giving people fiber, it's about selling cheaply made food to make larger profits.   
Mar 15, 2011 7:42PM
Wood in our stomachs and corn in our fuel tanks, that makes sense.
Mar 15, 2011 5:58PM

Thats why I dont eat at many places. And if I do, I order food that cant possible have fillers in them. Like real chicken pieces, or a steak. The only hamburgers I eat are homemade.


 Low quality food effects your health more than you realize. Just look at the people around you, and look at those that eat real foods, they are always way healthier looking, and usually slim too.


Processed foods WILL be the death of you! And make your quality of life, very low quality. You are what you eat. Make no mistake!

Mar 10, 2011 12:15PM
I wondered why I crapped a telephone pole the other day.

This is disgusting.

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