Why we should choose good quality meats and animal products?

Why we should choose good quality meats and animal products? Share

In my previous blogs I always suggested to go for good quality protein and fat. When it comes to animals, it is so important to look into their farming welfare as that will reflect the nutrient level of the meat and their other products like eggs and dairy. The best thing is to visit a farm, where you are going to buy your products from and see how the farmers look after their animals and whether they are fed on their native diet?

Having organic products are great however some small farms cannot afford the expensive procedure to become organic so that’s why this is the best thing you can do.Unfortunately, industrial farming has taken fast food to a new level, and now we are paying the price for it by having nutrient deficiencies as well as having more of unwanted substances, like antibiotics or hormones in those products. Usually, the meat that is available to us in supermarkets comes from animals raised by factory farms, which give them diets designed to boost their productivity and at lower cost. (i)

A small chicken raised the traditional way, on pasture, takes at least 3 months to mature. A confined grain-fed chicken, usually hormone and antibiotic induced, can take only half of that time. The comparison between grass-fed hens and cage, grain fed hens is massive and the difference goes into their much loved produce – the eggs.

Eggs from grass-fed chickens contain

  • Up to 19x more omega-3 fatty acids then factory hens (ii)
  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 3x more vitamin E
  • 7x more beta-carotene
  • 50% more folic acid
  • 70% more vitamin B12
  • 4 to 6x more vitamin D

And the less known BUT vital vitamin K2. (iii)

The same thing goes for pasture-raised cows and their products like butter and milk.

Grass-fed beef is rich in

  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids
  • Beta-carotene and vitamin K2 content
  • Vitamin E
  • B vitamins
  • Minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium)
  • Higher in conjugated linoleic acid CLA (a healthy fat)
  • Lower in saturated fat

It also has a healthier ration of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

And not to forget to mention fish and seafood……fish should be a part of our diet. It is recommended to have 2-3 servings a week. There is rising concern about mercury and toxins in the fish and seafood however the benefits of eating fish outweigh the potential risks. Ocean fish contain selenium, a great antioxidant, which helps to reduce the mercury level, and like I always say ‘everything in moderation’. (iv)

It is important we do choose fish that is sustainable and not overfished, like cod or haddock. When it comes to salmon, we should ideally choose wild caught salmon instead of farmed salmon, which again is fed by grains and treated with antibiotics. If you go for farmed fish, try to find UK fisheries that are both organically reared and sustainable.

Sources:

  1. https://chriskresser.com/why-grass-fed-is-best-part-ii/
  2. https://chriskresser.com/why-grass-fed-is-best-part-ii/
  • Rheaume-Bleue, K. 2012. Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox. ‘How much vitamin K2 do we need, and how do we get it?’ pp 49-61.
  1. https://chriskresser.com/is-eating-fish-safe-a-lot-safer-than-not-eating-fish/