You Are What Your Meat Eats
When I first meet with a client I always ask whether they purchase organic animal meats and poultry. It is most concerning to me when someone not only doesn’t purchase organic but is also eating out frequently at places that do not have organic animal protein choices. Non-organic or conventional animal products contain chemicals, hormones and antibiotics, all of which are harmful to our health. I tell people that you are what your meat eats so if your meat is eating GMO foods, hormones and antibiotics, you are also ingesting those substances. Here are the main reasons I am adamant about people eating as much organic as possible.
1. Organic animal production does not use antibiotics. Antibiotics in animal products can harm our health in several ways. First, when antibiotics are used on animals, bacteria can become resistant to them, leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This means that if people become infected with such bacteria, the antibiotics used to treat the infection may not be effective. Second, antibiotics can also cause disruption to the natural balance of the gut microbiome, leading to gastrointestinal issues and other health complications. Finally, antibiotics can also lead to the spread of antibiotic-resistant genes to other bacteria, which can further reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics.
2. Organic animals are not given additional hormones. Hormones are naturally occurring molecules in both animals and humans that are used to regulate bodily functions. The hormones found in animal products are created in the same way as our own hormones, but they can be administered in higher doses than what our bodies naturally produce. These higher doses can have an effect on our hormones, leading to health issues such as increased risk of cancer, reproductive issues, and weight gain. For example, studies have shown that higher levels of estrogen in animal products can increase the risk of breast cancer. Additionally, increased levels of hormones such as testosterone can lead to increased aggression and aggressive behavior. Children fed diets of non-organic protein sources may develop early puberty symptoms from the excess hormones accumulating in their bodies.
3. Organic animals are not fed GMO foods. Studies have shown that animals fed GMO foods can be harmful to human health in a number of ways. For example, some studies have found that GMO foods can contain higher levels of toxins and allergens, which can cause adverse health effects in humans who consume them. Additionally, GMO foods may pose a risk of introducing novel allergens and toxins into the food supply, as well as long-term health effects such as cancer and endocrine disruption. Furthermore, GMO foods may lead to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which could have serious consequences for human health. Finally, some research has suggested that GMO foods can lead to increased antibiotic use in animals, which could contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance in humans.
4. Organic animal proteins are produced in a way that is more respectful of animal welfare. Organic farming practices ensure that animals are raised in a humane and stress-free environment. Animals raised in humane conditions are typically less stressed and healthier than animals raised in intensive confinement systems, leading to a higher quality of meat. Studies suggest that humanely raised animals are more likely to produce meat with higher levels of beneficial nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as higher levels of flavor and juiciness.
5. Organic animal proteins are more nutritious than their non-organic counterparts. Organic animal proteins contain more good omega-3 fatty acids, less cholesterol, and more antioxidant as well as and contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals.
6. Organic animal proteins are better for the environment. Organic animal products are better for the environment because they are produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, hormones, or pesticides, which can pollute water sources and damage soil and air quality. Organic animal products are also produced with fewer resources and fewer emissions. Organic farms are also better for local wildlife habitats, as they are more likely to be home to diverse plant and animal species than traditional, non-organic farms.
7. Organic animal proteins are safer for consumers. Unlike conventional animal proteins, organic animal proteins are not contaminated with heavy metals, antibiotics, hormones, and other dangerous substances.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that you are what your meat eats so if your meat is eating GMO foods, hormones and antibiotics, you are ingesting these harmful substances also. We can’t always control what we eat outside of the home but we can always be sure to buy organic free-range poultry, cage free pasture raised eggs, grass-fed organic beef and bison and organic pork products. On a side note, fish is not labeled organic so finding clean fish sources, preferably wild caught and limiting consumption to about 3 servings per week will limit the intake of harmful heavy metals and toxins found in fish.
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