I am supposed to be posting my follow-on to Sugar:: Friend or Foe explaining why I don’t vilify sugar in my practice. I promise that post is forthcoming but another topic has sprung to the forefront of my mind just today.
As many of you know I have just relocated to Lebanon (and I don’t mean Pennsylvania either!) as in Beirut, and yes, as in perceived war torn third world country. (Naysayers couldn’t be more wrong and I will be posting pictures to prove it soon!) Anyway, I digress.
I have been looking at how to source grass-fed meats, free-range chicken, wild fish, pastured eggs, etc. Thus far I have managed to get my hands on wild boar, and have a source for wild fish (and even grass-fed beef albeit without the bone which really doesn’t impress me much) through Meat the Fish which deliver to your door. (Still, guys, if you read this…. three words….ON THE BONE!!!!)
Still, the things that elude me are raw milk from cows I can verify are not fed on grains and soy (and from one dairy my nephew visited, I garner most farmers believe feeding soy and corn to cows is a good thing), pastured eggs without having to go way up into the mountains, and free-range chickens.
Don’t get me wrong, I WILL go wayyyyy up into the mountains for pastured eggs and free-range chickens but I don’t know how I will fare in the winter months.
In my quest to find decent chicken I went to a few supermarkets that claim to sell organic products. They do indeed sell some amazing fruits and vegetables. (Since the fruits and veggie growers are following EU standards and are certified, this post does not apply to them.) They also sell “organic” chicken.
Oh how my heart leaped……for a second. Upon closer inspection, the chickens were imported from France; not a deal breaker, of course, but not local. Upon renewing my understanding of French writing, I noticed the words proudly emblazoned across the packaging, CORN-FED.
My heart sank. I put the chicken back in the freezer and continued on my way…..chickenless.
Today, I was on a coursemate’s Facebook Page A New Earth Organic Store and noticed they sold organic chicken. The comment they made to the person asking if this was sold that it was indeed from France and it was “the best chicken they had ever tasted”. Since corn fed anything is fattier, I wouldn’t doubt that, however, nothing was mentioned that it was corn-fed even though it was organic.
Why, you may ask is being corn-fed such a big deal? Well, chickens (as well as pretty much any animal including cows, goats and sheep) don’t digest corn well, in fact, in chickens, it can lead to poor egg-laying and poor egg quality. It fattens them very quickly as well. Tasty? Maybe. Full of PUFAs? Definitely.
Bottom line, in my view, corn feeding an animal is tantamount to soy feeding because both result in estrogen dominance, sugar mishandling, adrenal weakness and thyroid dysfunction among many other health issues. And ok, I will give the chicken producers props for not using GMO corn and for ensuring it is organic but corn is really corn. Organic does not make it any healthier in this instance.
Frankly, any chicken that isn’t allowed to forage is not worth eating. Their eggs are not worth eating either.
Just because something is labelled “organic” doesn’t mean it is automatically healthier.
This goes double for any meat or fish labelled “organic”.
The word “organic” does not make it healthier. If the feed is corn, or worse, a mixture of corn, soy, and God knows what else, even if it is organic, it doesn’t make it healthy. Fish grown in “sustainable” fisheries, for instance, are often fed grains, something fish were NEEEEEEVVVVVEEEEERRR created to eat.
Trust me when I say, any animal product fed on grain is an Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acid imbalance waiting to happen. Organic doesn’t figure into its health and life giving properties.
Of course, I do believe properly labelled and certified organic vegetables (especially low ground and root veggies) and fruits to be king and wild-crafted herbs, fruits, and vegetables leave me weak in the knees.
Organic meats raise nothing but suspicion and cause a plethora of questions to burst forth in my mind. I am hoping this post puts those questions in your mind.
Don’t just assume something labelled “organic” is automatically more healthful. After all, PepsiCo is marketing a Raw Pepsi in the UK and Coca-Cola is threatening to release an Organic Coke in the near future. Does that mean they are as healthy as a bowl of fruit??
Things that make you go HMMMMMM!