What Are You Eating?

966629_burger_hamburger_cheeseburger_.jpgdsc00016.JPGAmericans spend over 100 billion dollars on fast food each year! In a recent study by Dr. Hope Jahren, published in the November 2008 issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, researches sampled foods from McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s. Using carbon isotopes the researches traced what the animals consumed. They based this on the carbon-13 signature of corn. Not surprisingly, they found that beef and chicken meat used in the fast food industry came from animals fed primarily corn.

Joshy knows he’s eating corn, do you?

Michael Pollan came up with the very same conclusion in his book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, without utilizing carbon testing. His journey began with the question, “What am I eating?” Turns out it doesn’t matter what we’re eating, it all begins with industrialized corn. He says unless you’re eating free-range pastured animals, you’re eating corn.

So what’s the problem? It seems when animals eat what they were designed to eat, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (which is an anti-inflammatory) and other essential fatty acids have a proper balance. Grass-feed beef has a two-to-one ratio of omega-6 to -3, compared to more than 10-to-one in corn-fed beef.

Pollen says, “If units of omega-3s and beta-carotene and vitamin E are what an egg shopper is rally after, then $2.10 (now it’s $2.50 or $3) a dozen eggs from pastured chickens actually represent a much better deal than the 79 cents a dozen industrial eggs at the supermarket.”

The bottom line is: You can get more nutrition from meat and dairy which has been raised on pasture. Since, vitamins are expensive, it makes sense to purchase products from pastured animals when you can. This makes even more sense, if you have a picky eater, who may consume limited amounts of food. (And yes, picky eaters can learn to love veggies, CLICK HERE.)
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