We are what our food eats

Updated: Apr 11

We say we are what we eat. If you eat unhealthy food, you will not be healthy. What if you eat healthy food like vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy? Unfortunately, even unprocessed food may contain chemicals. They can mess up your immune system, give you food intolerance, allergy symptoms, and negatively affect your guts microbiome. If the food comes from the land or sea, we are what our food eats. Some of you are lucky to have a patch of dirt to grow your own fresh produce or a farm to raise your own animals. You control what kind of food you give to your animals and how you look after your crop. The rest of us are generally not aware of what our food was eating during its lifespan. Cows could have been given the feed supplemented with palm oil to increase milk fat percentage. Chickens could have been fed corn kernel, which had been heavily sprayed with herbicides and pesticides. We should be making a conscious decision on where and what to buy. However, as a fact of life, many of us cannot afford organic produce. Still, you can eat better by implementing these practices at least once a week.

Buy grass-fed butter and cream

It contains more vitamin K2 and beta carotene and the improved composition of omega-3 fatty acids. It also tastes so much better!

Choose wild-caught fish

Buy sardines and other fish at the fishermen markets if you buy in supermarkets, select unfarmed fish like sole, herring, red emperor, sweet lip etc. Commercially produced farmed salmon are fed pellets containing ingredients derived from terrestrial plants and animals. This diet dramatically reduces the amount of long-chain type omega-3 fatty acids in salmon meat.

Eat pasture-raised beef, goat and lamb

Meat derived from grass-fed animals contains fat with a healthier fatty acids profile, rich in vitamin K2, and precursors of vitamin A and E.

Eat organic chicken

Be aware that the label "free-range" does not warrant freedom of movement for all birds. More importantly, free-range chickens are fed with the same commercial pellets as standard birds. This feed can contain residuals of herbicides like Glyphosate or organophosphorus pesticides.

Scientific References

A review of fatty acids profile and antioxidants content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef

Chemical pesticides and human health: the urgent need for a new concept in agriculture

Vitamin K2 influences several diseases

Effect of feeding systems on omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleum acid and trans fatty acids in Australian beef cuts: potential impact on human health

Quality characteristics, chemical composition, and sensory properties of butter from cows on pasture versus indoor feeding systems

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