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You are what you eat ate!

(It never gets old saying that … so much fun.)

More importantly, it’s a rule I always try to keep in mind when selecting meat, pork, dairy or egg. And, unless you’re vegan, you should as well. (Yes, vegetarians, applies to you as well.)

As you can imagine, whatever a chicken, cow, pig or fish eats gets condensed into its system (muscle), year in and year out. If it’s not eating quality, you’re not eating quality. Period.

For example, corn and soy are unnatural foods for some animals. If their diet consists of these grains, there’s a good chance it’s destined for sickness … and this can directly affect the health of the meat, dairy, pork or egg.

Or, let’s look specifically at cows. Sick cows can be treated with antibiotics. And cows in general can be fattened up with hormones. Of course, these antibiotics and hormones make their way directly into the meat, and eventually onto a consumer’s plate.

When I choose animal products, I try my best to select:

  • Grass-fed, organic beef
  • Pasture-raised, organic chicken/eggs
  • Wild-caught Alaskan fish (small game is best Sockeye salmon, mackerel, cod)
  • Pastured pork

Is there a surefire way to ensure that what you’re eating is eating clean? Well, not much is surefire anymore when it comes to food. My advice? Research sources and brands. Make smart choices and do the best you can, as often as you can.

And, of course, don’t forget to …

Eat With a Purpose – And Be Well.

Jaime Rothermich
RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS