18 Aug Milk and Meat: Why Organic is Imperative
When most people think of organic foods, they think of fruits and veggies; organic produce. However, eating organic milk, meat, and eggs can be even more important for health than eating organic produce. Last week I focused on why eating organic produce is so important for keeping your body healthy, but this week I want to talk about why it’s imperative to consume organic animal products like milk and meat.
Animals, birds, and fish that are meant for food are almost always raised in unnatural conditions and fed unnatural pesticide-filled foods. They are unhealthy, force fed drugs, and killed before they inevitable die from being sick. Instead of the nutrients found in naturally raised and healthy animals, these critters contain tons of pesticides, hormones, and drug-residues that make them even more toxic to the human body than plants farmed with chemicals.
Animals store high concentrations of chemicals (pesticides, drugs, hormone residues, antibiotics) in their fatty tissues, which means that their meats and by-products (milk, etc) contain high levels of these toxic elements. As you might guess, because we eat fat and meat from these animals, we also end up consuming these high levels of chemicals. A study done in 2006 revealed that more than half of the supermarket non-organic chicken samples that were tested were positive for arsenic, a toxic and deadly poison. How scary is that!? Most animals are also fed corn diets that are made of genetically modified corn, so we get this in our bodies as well. Banned in Europe, growth hormones for cattle are also prevalent in the US, which cause all kinds of problems in our bodies when consumed. Also banned in the EU, rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) is given to milk cows. This synthetic drug is used to increase milk production but has high levels of another growth factor called IGF-1. IGF-1 has been linked to both breast and prostate cancers in humans.
Along with growth hormones, arsenic, and pesticides, antibiotic use to keep non-organic animals alive long enough to make it to slaughter is simply out of control. Hogs and poultry in the US are given 20 million pounds of antibiotics annually (while humans in contrast consume only about 3 million pounds). It is not terribly surprising then that more and more antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria like MRSA are becoming an issue in this day and age considering the huge amounts of antibiotics we consume just through the animals that we eat.
Being free of toxic chemicals is what makes organic meat, eggs, and dairy products so much better for you. The feed that non-organic cattle, poultry, and hogs are fed is unnatural and totally unhealthy, and these animal products do not contain sufficient nutrients like their organic counterparts. In contrast, organic animals are fed organic grain and grass, and even better are often free-range, meaning that they are not contained in cages or stalls and are allowed to wander pastures eating what they were always meant to in nature. In turn, these animals contain tons of nutrients while skipping out on all of the sickening chemicals. Simply by cutting down your consumption of non-organic animals and products you have the ability to greatly reduce your risk of cancers, bodily inflammation issues, and antibiotic resistance problems just to name a few. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? To help you out with figuring out which meats and dairy products are the most important to avoid, I’ve listed some of the greatest offenders. Just like in last week’s post, if you can’t go entirely 100% organic, then at least make sure that these following products are.
Listed below are the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables as well as the 12 least contaminated ones. If you can not eat entirely organic, then compromise and make a goal to not buy any of the 12 most contaminated fruits/veggies unless they are organic. Familiarize yourself with which ones are “better” and which are “worse”. When that little voice starts protesting over the price, just remind yourself that pesticides cause asthma and nerve damage, and I guarantee that little voice in your head will go silent. Eat organic and your body will thank you in the long run!
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- Deli Meat
- Fast-Food Hamburgers
- Ground Beef
- Pork Sausage [/su_list]
Worst Dairy Products:
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- Ice Cream
- Evaporated Milk
- Processed Cheese
- Whole Milk [/su_list]