Recently I watched the documentary Food, Inc. Although I knew much of what the content would be I was still disturbed at how our animals our treated. The four major food manufacturers control much of the market and small farmers have been manipulated and pushed out. This is not honest food.
Many of you know I believe in organic whole real foods and how what you eat affects your health. I also believe in the importance of protein at each meal since it increases satiation and evens out your blood sugars.
I do recommend but am always a bit reluctant to advocate grass-fed meat due to the cost and availability. However, after watching this movie I changed my mind. What our animals are consuming is of utmost importance. The majority of our cows eat are raised in factories on inorganic corn versus how they were born to be raised on farms eating grass. This increases our risk of weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and food borne illnesses.
Eating Organic is Not Enough
Most organic poultry and eggs sold in stores are still raised eating soy and corn. Chicken were made to eat grass, insects, and other plants. You can purchase “pastured” chicken and eggs but it is challenging. They are only available at a few places in my area – farmer’s markets besides one or two other small stores.
The government has made it almost close to impossible to eat in a healthy manner and take care of your health.
There is no easy answer to eating honestly and healthfully. As much as possible:
- Buy your produce from local farmer’s markets and other services that offer local organic produce
- Eat grass-fed meat and pastured chicken and eggs from your farmer’s market or order online from farms
- Eat organic and grass-fed dairy
Although not easy, choosing a few of the above ways to eat can create a shift in the balance of your body towards health. If we start to change the way we eat I wonder if our food manufacturers will see that honest food is what Americans want.