Is eating meat healthy?

In light of recent studies that associate meat eating with poor health and imminent death this can be a confusing topic.

The saying ‘you are what you eat’ rings true but in light of recent headlines it’s not so much about what you eat but what you eat, eats.

Picture a healthy animal, raised with the best intentions for health and longevity.  You’re probably picturing something like this..

  – Free roaming…

  – Grass fed…that is what they are meant to eat isn’t it?

  – Free from added hormones…why would they need them?

  – Free from antibiotics…why would they need them?

Unfortunately, this model is not economical in the world of productivity and profit so the picture may take a turn to something less fortunate for the health of the animal, looking something like this…

  – Restricted movement…for greater numbers and reduced energy expenditure

  – Grain and soy fed…for greater size and weight (in the form of fat)

  – Added hormones…for quicker growth or prolonged lactation

  – Added antibiotics…for protection from illness and greater yield

Generally speaking, meat contains a dense source of nutrients like fat soluble vitamins A,E,D,K, iron and B vitamins and provided the animal is grass fed it will also be rich in anti inflammatory Omega 3 fats.  As you can see however, the picture extends beyond this and it now becomes a question of how healthy is this animal and to what degree is this animal actually…unwell?

While there are many other worthy conversations around eating meat, they are a little off topic in relation to this short clip that caught my attention this morning.