You know those times when little, seemingly insignificant things happen, and you’ll think to yourself: wow, I must be changing because that does/does not bother me. That might be the case, maybe you are changing, but it’s probably more likely that you’re staying the same, and the world around you is changing. That’s one fact of life that can be hard to accept: you’re getting older and things aren’t the way they used to be.
Well, there is one thing that’s changing from the way it used to be, and everyone in America can benefit from it: better quality food. Americans are demanding better quality food, and the two main demands come from grass fed beef and organic fruits and vegetables.
Grass Fed Beef
Ah yes, summer is here, and with it comes the time honored American tradition of cooking out. So, not to pull you away from your Internet search of the best gas grills, but if you’ve never had the please of cooking a grass fed burger on the grill, this is the summer to do so.
You may be wondering what the difference in a grass fed burger is. Well, most meat we buy in grocery stores are from meat factories that pump their cows with steroids and growth hormones to ‘beef’ them up, while also injecting lots of antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick from the poor conditions the animals are housed in. The animals rarely see daylight, grow at an accelerated rate, and are slaughtered with meat infested with the chemicals stated above. Grass fed beef has none of this.
Americans are onto the benefits of grass fed beef as the demand for it is on the rise.
Cows in their natural habitat don’t graze in corn fields, so why would we think cows fed a diet of grains made from corn would be healthy. 100% grass fed cow meat is free of any steroids, growth hormones, or antibiotics, and their meat is higher in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid that is thought to reduce the risks of heart disease and cancer, as well as antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E.
Think about it, a cow raised in the sunlight with little stress, no chemicals injected into it, and allowed to eat its favorite food – grass – is going to be healthier, therefore healthier for us.
Organic Fruits & Vegetables
If you’re like most Americans, you try to get the best deals possible when grocery shopping. You look for sales, maybe grab some coupons, and stock up when something’s a great price. The problem with that line of thinking – and yes, there are some people who are forced to shop this way because of finances and family size – is that you ultimately get what you pay for.
Ten cent head of lettuce? Great for the budget, but bad for the body. The lettuce could have been grown in another country, hauled by several trucks to get to your store, and doused with pesticides along the way. Sure, it looks like every other head of lettuce you’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t mean it’s as nutritious. It’s believed that a certain amount of pesticides are safe for human consumption, but I don’t want to consume anything that was designed to kill, even if it is just a bug.
Fortunately, Americans are now in favor of stricter regulations on food companies, and the market demand for organics are growing. To be considered an organic food, the USDA states that the food has been produced through approved methods that do not use synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, or genetic engineering. In other words, it’s supposed to be grown like our ancestors grew their foods – or as close as they can get it – without any harmful toxins or genetically modified processes along the way. You may have heard of the a company called Monsanto in the news lately. They are the leading force in the GMO (genetically modified) foods industry, and are taking heat for their practices.
Organic foods are more nutritious, easier on the environment, encourage local purchasing (you probably have a local farmer who sells organics at a relatively inexpensive price), and don’t contain the harmful chemicals conventional food in our grocery stores do. They are more expensive, but you have to ask yourself if your health is worth it?