What You Need to Know
About the Meat We Eat : By Kim Roberto
Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Commercial Meats
Animals have sustained the human species for thousands of years. Unfortunately, things have changed so much that we must be very cautious about the meats that we consume. When making nutritional changes, one of the first, most impactful changes you can make is with animal products. The right kind of meat is a great source of protein, and grass-fed beef is a Maximized Living super food because it is an amazing source of Omega 3’s, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Vitamin E, and
1. Their lifestyle is unnatural. Animals were meant to roam free and graze! Cows were designed to roam green pastures and eat grass. Today, most are raised in crowded feedlots where they are fed grains and other things a cow cannot digest. Chickens are supposed to peck around the earth eating bugs, grubs, herbs, clover, and even rodents and other small animals. Today, most are so cramped they cannot move. Fish are supposed to swim around rivers and oceans. Today, many varieties of fish that we eat are born and raised in a fish farm.
Certainly none of these animals were designed to be pumped full of vaccines, given regular doses of antibiotics, injected with hormones to make them grow faster, or to eat genetically modified, pesticide sprayed feed. This is not good for them or for us to eat!
2. Commercially raised animals are weak, sick, and distressed:
When cows eat grains, it causes the rumen to expand and apply pressure to the cow’s lungs. This can cause suffocation, and the animal will likely have a tube pushed down their esophagus to avoid suffocation.
Severe acidosis is common with this unnatural diet. This causes the cows to get very sick (similar to severe heartburn), so they eat dirt to try to relieve the uncomfortable burning sensation that they feel. These cows pant and salivate excessively, and frequently develop liver disease and ulcers. In order to prevent this, they are given a constant, low-level dose of antibiotics to combat the problem.
Most cows also have anabolic steroids implanted in their ears to promote faster growth. All of this obviously weakens the cow’s immune system. The same goes for chicken and fish. Farm raised fish are even fed corn and other grains!
3. Conventional meat is NOT as healthy as naturally raised meat:
When animals are not fed a nutritious diet, the flesh of the animal is affected. You are ingesting the antibiotics, added hormones, and other chemicals present in the flesh of the animal.
Here are the awesome health benefits of grass-fed beef:
2-4 times more Omega-3 fatty acids
3-5 times more CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which is a powerful cancer fighter
Four times higher in Vitamin E
Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
4. Treatment of commercially raised animals and effect on the environment are poor:
Cows are raised in confined feedlots where they cannot even move.
Dairy cows are hooked up to milking machines almost constantly and have painfully inflamed and infected mammary glands.
Chickens are declawed, de-beaked, and cramped into tight quarters never seeing the light of day.
It takes a heavy amount of fossil fuels to grow feed crops, fertilize them, spray them with pesticides and herbicides, and transport them to the feedlots.
Grass feeding is a natural cycle that feeds animals and replenishes the ground with little to no additional effort.
5. Conventional meats contain other toxic and unhealthy compounds:
It takes 5-8 pounds of “food” to produce one pound of beef. That is 5-8 pounds of omega-3 rich grass or 5-8 pounds of pesticide-laden, genetically modified, processed grains (mostly corn). You are not only what you eat. You are also what you eat, ate!
The residuals of vaccines, antibiotics, and hormones given to animals affect our bodies as well.
Conventional meat purchased in grocery stores can be irradiated, treated with chemical solutions, and injected with flavorings without labels disclosing this information.
Beware of Processed Meats
A 2005 study at the University of Hawaii showed a 67 percent increase in pancreatic cancers in people who eat processed meat. The World Cancer Research Fund reviewed 7,000 studies and deemed processed meats “too dangerous for human consumption,” mainly due to carcinogenic compounds like nitrites and excitotoxins like MSG. Bacon, jerky, sausage, hot dogs, deli meat, frozen meals, and canned meats frequently contain nitrates and MSG.
Nitrites keep meat looking fresh and colorful but are highly carcinogenic.
MSG is terrible for us and is used for flavor and preserving. You’ll see it listed as hydrolyzed or autolyzed yeast extract.
Studies link nitrites with colorectal cancer and other digestive system cancers.
Helpful Hints for Reading Labels:
No specific label—conventional beef: Animals raised in a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) are likely fed genetically modified, pesticide sprayed grains, by-products, other food waste, and given large amounts of vaccines, antibiotics and hormones. Conventional beef could also be irradiated without any labeling.
Organic – According to the USDA, to hold the organic claim, the animal must be raised on organic land, must be fed organic feed, no antibiotics or added growth hormones are allowed, and the animal must have outdoor access. NOTE: Organic does not mean grass-fed therefore, the omega ratios in organic meat more resembles that of conventional beef than grass-fed beef and the nutritional value is inferior to
Grass Fed – On January 12th 2016, the USDA revoked the current grass-fed beef labeling standard. The previous requirement was that animals certified under this program be fed only grass and forage, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. They could not be fed grain or grain byproducts and required continuous access to pasture during the growing season. This standard was deemed “confusing for farmers and consumers,” and rescinding this standard means that consumers will be in the dark about meat they are purchasing. The door is now wide open for manufacturers to put a grass-fed label on meat that is not 100 percent grass-fed. This is alarming, and should prompt consumers to be their own advocate by asking more questions about the meat
How to Make the Switch!
Conventional beef to grass-fed and finished beef
Conventional poultry and eggs to free-range, cage-free chicken and eggs
Farm raised fish to wild-caught fish
Eliminate pork and shellfish entirely. Maximized Living does not recommend eating these animal products, as pork and shellfish are highly acidic, and contain a lot of toxins. Pigs also have an unsophisticated digestive system and lack of sweat glands, making them highly inflammatory and prone to parasites.