February 4, 2013

The difference between healthy meat and unhealthy meat

There is a big difference between grain-fed, farm-raised meat and grass-fed, free range meat.

Animals are meant to roam free and either eat grass or forage for food, when you feed them grains it makes them sick so they typically have to be given antibiotics. This causes their meat to become not only inflammatory from the grains but loaded with antibiotics.

factory farm vs. free-range cows

Look for antibiotic-free and organic meat. Or even better, meet the farmer that raised the meat. They will be able to tell you exactly how the animal was raised, including if the animal was given any antibiotics. 

Some countries have already taken steps against unhealthy meat. For example, a Pew Health study said "Recognizing the potential for a health crisis, Denmark began restricting antibiotics used for growth promotion in broiler chickens and adult swine in 1998. Today, all uses of antibiotics in food animals must be accompanied by a prescription in a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship, and there cannot profit from the sale of antibiotics."

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