Do you wonder what meat is healthy to eat? You see conflicting reports, many demonizing red meat. These studies, however, use meat from factory farms and processed meats. Are these meats good or bad for you? Let’s see what Dr. Joseph Mercola has to say.
What Meat is Healthy to Eat?
Healthy versus Unhealthy Meats
Many people are still in the dark about the vast differences between concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and organically-raised, grass-fed beef, both in terms of nutrient content and contamination with veterinary drugs, genetically modified organisms, and disease-causing pathogens. Most CAFO cows are fed grains (oftentimes genetically engineered grains, which make matters even worse), when their natural diet is plain grass. This difference in the animals’ diet creates vastly different end products.
Modern mass production of food has created a wide array of safety problems. In fact, once you delve into the world of the food industry, it becomes clear that eating much of it is like playing a game of Russian roulette with your health.
While I’m not going to address them all here, one problem in particular, which relates to the issue of meat, is the issue of contamination with hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. As much as 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are for animals, primarily to serve as growth enhancers. The excessive use of antibiotics in agriculture is the primary reason for the rampant increase in antibiotic-resistant disease in humans. As for pesticides, most people do not realize that conventionally-raised meat is actually one of the primary sources of pesticide exposure—not fruits and vegetables! This due to the fact that CAFO animals are raised on a diet consisting primarily of grains, which are of course sprayed with pesticides.
As for processed meats, I am firmly convinced they do increase risk of disease and should NEVER be consumed. That’s also the conclusion reached by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) after reviewing more than 7,000 clinical studies examining the connection between diet and cancer.
Health Benefits of Grass-fed Beef
- Lower in total fat
- Higher in total omega-3s
- Higher in beta-carotene
- A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
- Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
- Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
- Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
- Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
- Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
I personally have seen such an improvement in my health after going “against the grain” so to speak, and enjoying grass-fed beef! What about you? Please share your experience in the comments. And share this article via the buttons below, so others can learn what meat is healthy to eat!