What Do You Know About The Meat You Eat?

I'm not here to bash meat because for majority of my life I've eaten it. It was only until I begin to question WHY I was eating it that my perspective changed. As with most things we do, we have no rhythm or reason for eating meat, we do it simply because that's what we've been taught.

Much of the passion and obsession we have over food has nothing to do with necessity but with tradition and culture. 

The question is, why do we eat meat?

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I'll tell you - because we were given meat as a child and that is what we were told we "needed" to be healthy and to get our protein (we will have the protein discussion at a later time).

Plain and simple.

Then our minds and bodies became conditioned to eating it so it became good and we continued to eat it because we liked it and that's what we were "supposed" to eat.

But have you ever seriously sat back and thought for a moment... 

Why do I eat meat?​

Where did this meat come from? What foods or medicines was this animal given? What did this animal eat - am I essentially eating that too? Was this animal tortured? If so, am I engaging in this practice and taking on this energy by funding it with my purchase and putting it in my body?

Now I already know, some of you will say...maaaaaaaan I don't care, that joint is the bomb or my grandma and 'nem been eating meat forever and they're fine.

Yeah ok, I get it. But first you should be very clear that what you are eating now is not the meat your grandma and 'nem were eating.

The food and meat industry has drastically changed and because we are eating nonstop the meat industry is doing any and every thing they can to ensure you have that meat you love so much at the moment you want it.

Life is about freedom and choices, so if meat is your thing, do you. Just know there are serious implications that come from eating meat.

1) CHOLESTEROL

I'm going to just keep it real. Majority of the people I know have issues with cholesterol. Rich, poor, skinny and fat. Their numbers are elevated and most are on some kind of statin (cholesterol lowering medication).

But guess what you probably don't realize? Meat is high in cholesterol. Yup the only source of cholesterol in your diet comes from meat and animal based products (dairy).

And before I hear an argument about how cholesterol isn't the enemy, you're right!

If we really get technical about it, one role cholesterol plays is to respond to inflammation (that also points to meat consumption and acidosis) in your body. The higher level of cholesterol is essentially trying to warm you of the higher levels of inflammation in your body.

With that being said, your body naturally produces all the cholesterol you need without you overloading it with more.

2) NITRITES

I want you to conduct a little experiment. The next time you are in the grocery store I want you to look at the ingredients on the back of the packaged meat products. Look at sandwich meats, bacon, sausage, hotdogs and I guarantee you every last one has sodium nitrite and/or some other kind of nitrites in it.

Now, yes, we are exposed to nitrites all the time especially from consuming fruits and vegetables, however NATURALLY occurring nitrites are not the issue, the man made chemical creations that are used NOT for nutrition purposes but as a preservative are.

Think about this for a second -- an ingredient that is added to meat so that it will appear to taste and look like "fresh" pink or red flesh, oh and of course "preserve" the meat and help prevent botulism (basically food poisoning- um, yeah this should be a concern by itself) is supposedly a-ok to consume everyday?

Well don't worry because the FDA says it's safe, so it must be, right? *insert sarcastic face*

Isn't that nice, people lace your food with chemicals all for your safety. Well let's look at where that chemical consumption has done for us thus far...

3) CANCER, DISEASE & DEATH

Whoa. Cancer, disease and death. Now I can hear you saying, this is a little extreme. If only, but this is what happens when you poison your food.

Aside from the ingredients you read on the label, meats are being exposed to antibiotics and hormones, among other things, as well as......wait for it, other animal carcasses.

Don't take my word for it, read John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health report:

The feed given to industrially-raised cattle, hogs, and poultry is specially formulated to maximize production at the lowest possible cost. These feeds may contain antibiotics, arsenical drugs, rendered animal carcasses, and other ingredients that may lead to the introduction of harmful contaminants into our food supply. 1,2
A strong body of scientific evidence links excess meat consumption, particularly of red and processed meat, with heart disease, 6,7,8 stroke,9 type 2 diabetes,6,10 obesity,11,12 certain cancers, 7,13,14,15,16 and earlier death.

I mean really folks sometimes I need you to use your common sense. God gave us a brain for a reason so you don't have to wait for someone else to tell you if something is good for you or not.

Do your research and decide what YOU think. Once you do that, the choice is yours. Just don't complain when the law of cause and effect begins to play out.

  1. If you aren't willing to stop eating meat at least commit to limiting your consumption during the week.
  2. ​Read every ingredient on the back of your processed meats and avoid any with nitrites in it.
  3. If you are going to eat meat, stick to organic or find local farmers that you trust.

About the Author Rook

It took life turning me upside down before I figured out how to live it right side up. Hopefully I can save you some of the trouble.

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