How To Choose High Quality Meat/Fish
It's important to know that wild-caught and grass-fed are the most important qualifications, and that ORGANIC by itself doesn't count!
Animals can be eating organic corn and soy, which does nothing for their health (and ultimately ours). You see, for thousands of years, the natural diets for cattle and wild game, included grass, green and leafy plants, herbs, shrubs and more. And the natural diets of wild chicken and other fowl included grass, seeds, fruits, insects, and pretty much whatever they could peck at in the wild (How exciting!)
The story is much different now. Cattle, game, and fowl are more often than not force-fed with corn, soy and other foods (likely genetically modified at that) that their digestive and immune systems can't handle. On top of that, they are stuffed into dark, tight quarters with no room to move around or take in sunlight to create Vitamin D, and overall a healthier nutritional profile.
This is not to mention that they may be eating other animal parts, as has been seeing in many CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).
The sickness and diseases that result make for an inferior, harmful product that we end up eating.
Here's the solution:
1. Beef/Lamb/Goat: Buy GRASS-FED (very important); if not grass-fed, buy organic
a. These "ruminants" have digestive systems that are intended to eat grass
b. You don't want to be the person eating meat from an animal sickened by an unnatural grain/corn/soy-based diet.
2. Fowl (Chicken/Turkey, Duck, etc.): Buy pasture-raised, organically-fed chicken, turkey, duck, etc (look for meat that is NOT fed soy)
a. Free-Range is the next best option, but please understand that the "free-range" is often poorly defined
b. For example, it's recommended that about 1500 hens should be in an area of about 2.5 acres. Unfortunately, this is often pushed up to 10,000+ hens in the same 2.5 acre area. Not exactly "free-range" if you ask me.
c. Your best bet is finding a local market and speaking with the farmer's directly, or sticking with the pasture-raised/organic meats.
3. Other Game Meats: Make sure they are grass-fed or pasture-raised (in my experience, if you find these in stores, chances are you'll find the healthy versions)
a. Examples of Game Meats:
i. Bison, Buffalo, Elk, Moose, Caribou, etc.
4. Fish: Buy wild caught (farm raised might sound good, but think about, since when are fish found anywhere remotely near a farm??)
a. Stick to low-mercury fish
b. Examples: Salmon, Flounder, Tilapia, Sardines, Haddock
If you can't find naturally-raised meats/fish as listed above, choose organic. In this case, at least the corn, soy, etc in the feed will not include genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Another good thing is that organic feed cannot be made with GMOs by law, so even if corn or soy is in the feed, at least it won't be a completely fake food!
In any case, the best part about eating this way is that naturally raised foods have a much better nutritional profile vs. conventionally-raised fish/meats. They are higher in vitamins, minerals, lower in cholesterol, lower in Omega 6 fats and higher in Omega 3 fats, and devoid of hormones and antibiotics.
It's also important to know that over 95% of studies showing that meats (especially fatty meats) cause cancer, heart disease, etc. were NOT conducted on natural pasture-raised animals, that are free of antibiotics and hormones.
Food for thought if you ask me, especially with the well-documented history of thousands of traditional cultures who have thrived on natural meats.
How to Choose High Quality Eggs
The #1 best type of eggs to eat are organically-fed eggs from pasture-raised, local chickens.
(Bonus points if you have visited the farm and seen how the eggs are treated/raised)
These eggs are the "cream of the crop" because the chickens laying them should be getting proper exercise, sunlight for Vitamin D, natural protein from insects, grubs, etc, and organically-grown chicken feed.
The 2nd best: Locally raised, non-organically fed chickens. As long as they are getting adequate exercise and sunlight they are better off than the rest (and better for your body)
The 3rd best: Store bought, organically-raised eggs (with Omega 3's for added benefit)
The 4th best: Eggs from chicken fed an Omega-3 enhanced diet.
Note: If you're dealing with local farmers, make sure the feed does not include soy which is not good for us (and of course not part of a chicken's natural diet.)
How to Choose Organic Vegetables and Fruit
The vast majority of conventionally raised crops are sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and much more.
This also includes pesticides, fungicides, organophosphates and more...which have various effects that most of us don't even realize.
1. Fungicides used on crops have been shown to increase insulin resistance, thereby setting us up fat accumulation and chronic disease
2. Organophosphates, while essential in some instances for humans, are also highly toxic via the herbicides and insecticides they are used in.
a. Even at very low levels, they are hazardous to human health.
b. Studies have pointed to an increased Alzheimer's risk, and brain and nervous system damage even at low levels.
3. Pesticides act on brain chemicals closely related to ADHD development.
a. In one study a tenfold increase in urinary organophosphate content in children 8 to 15 years old directly correlated with a 55 to 72% increased prevalence of ADHD
b. The EPA banned residential use of organophosphates in 2001, but agricultural use is still widespread
4. Herbicides/insecticides containing organophosphates them have been sprayed on...
a. Apples, walnuts, almonds, peaches, blueberries, celery, and broccoliÃ¢ÂÂ¦.to say the least!
So I can just wash and peel my produce right?
No way Jose.
It just doesn't cut it! [no pun intended]
The truth is: washing veggies/fruits can reduce some of the pesticides, but definitely will not reduce all. And with peeling, you will still be unable to remove all the pesticides and you'll lose the vital nutrients that are in the skin.
Here's how to do it correctly:
Choosing Vegetables/Fruit Part 1: My rule of thumb is, if we eat the skin, BUY ORGANIC
1. Bananas - Organic NOT necessary
2. Apples - Organic NECESSARY
3. Peaches - Organic NECESSARY
4. Celery - Organic NECESSARY
5. Mangoes - Organic NOT necessary
You get the idea. Do the quick "skin or no skin" test before buying any fruits/veggies.
Choosing Vegetables/Fruit Part 2: Get more scientific and choose based on toxin levels (not a bad idea if you ask me).
Keep an eye out for:
1. Pesticide levels
2. Chemical Levels
3. Antibiotic counts
a. Yes, antibiotics have been found in soil, which goes directly to the veggies/fruits growing in it!
The following have the highest toxin levels (in descending order) and should definitely be purchased organic:
Fruit: Peaches, Apples, Strawberries, Nectarines, Pears
Veggies: Spinach, Bell Peppers, Celery, Hot Peppers
To learn more, check out the chart below, adapted from research done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG):
High in Pesticides (Buy Organic)
Sweet Bell Peppers
Lower in Pesticides (Buy Organic Only If
And remember, if you can't eat organic 90+ of the time (that is, for the foods which you must buy organic), make sure you are taking high-quality herbs + vitamins to counteract the damage.
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(These hidden compounds include: bleach-like ingredients, insect killers, lab-made chemicals, genetically engineered crops, and much more.)
With that outta the way, let's move on to Chapter 17 -- where we'll continue this with a discussion on hundreds of sneaky age-accelerating compounds hiding in your food.
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