Have you ever wondered why meat in some grocery stores is really cheap and that same cut of meat in other food stores is considerably more expensive?
After all, meat is meat, right?
Not exactly …
It’s all a matter of where the meat came from, how it was raised, handled and processed.
There are different “categories” of meat on the market. Which “category” the meat falls into will be a factor in, not only its cost, but also how healthy the meat is for you.
I classify them as
- Conventional/Factory Farmed/CAFO
- Organic Grain Fed
- Pastured Grass Fed
The cheap meats on the market, and the majority of meat you find in conventional grocery stores, come from factory farms, also known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). The animals are raised and kept in crowded, unhealthy and unhygienic conditions.
Because these circumstances breed disease, the animals, typically cows or chickens, are routinely fed antibiotics so they do not get sick. So, every time you eat meat from factory farms, you are eating antibiotics.
Organic meat is generally grain fed, unless it specifically says grass fed. This is not much better than factory farmed meat, except that these animals are not fed antibiotics. Grain is not the native diet of cows.
Pastured, grass fed meat should be your top choice. It is the healthiest meat to eat. In fact, pastured grass fed meat that is not organic is a better choice than organic grain fed meat.
Learn more about factory farming and how to choose healthy meat and other animal products …