The source of your meat is critical, and often misunderstood. We’ve learned time and time again on this blog that a healthy diet includes plenty of natural, whole foods, especially animal products. It can be important where those animal products come from, so let’s take a closer look.
We’ve covered beef before, read here for more.
Chicken and Eggs
You want “Free-Range” and/or “Pastured” chicken
Labels like “Cage-Free”, “Organic”, or “Vegetarian” are essentially meaningless. Chickens are not vegetarians, and should not be fed a vegetarian diet. “Cage-Free” still allows for the chickens to be packed together tightly and prevented from ever seeing sunlight.
Labeling standards on pork are still relatively weak, but terms like “Deep Bedding”, “Free-Range”, and “Pasture” are good. Again, “Organic”, “Vegetarian”, and “Pasture-Raised” confer no benefit.
Liver is a veritable super food, but the source is extremely important. Liver from well-raised cows and chickens is best; liver from even conventionally raised veal or calves is good, as is liver from organic chickens. You should avoid liver from CAFO cows.
Best to get your milk raw and full-fat from pastured cows. Butter is best raw, but even homogenized and pasteurized butter from grass-fed cows is very good and can be found relatively cheap (a popular brand is Kerrygold). Hard cheese should also be full fat, but the source doesn’t matter much.
Meat Source – The Bottom Line
Meat source is important. If you can afford it, go grass-fed, pastured, and naturally raised when it makes sense. However, if it’s too expensive or difficult, don’t sweat it; you’re still improving your health and fitness by eating conventionally raised meat instead of processed food.
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