I’m not a vegetarian, I believe all animals should be treated humanely. I believe you can be an ethical omnivore by purchasing your meat from sources which raise animals in a manner that, as much as possible, respects their natural way of living and does not unnecessarily cause them pain.
Not only is it ethical to purchase meat this way, but it is also likely to improve your health as these sources tend to be better for you. The quality of the meat is largely related to the way the animal was raised and fed. For two of our most common purchases, beef and eggs, I have outlined some suggestions to help you consider the importance of quality.
There may not be a difference on the nutritional information on the back of the package your beef comes in when comparing macronutrients like fat, carbohydrates and protein but there is a difference, and it lies in the most important nutrients. Grass-fed beef in comparison to factory-farmed beef is higher in omega 3, beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin k, CLA and much more.
When purchasing beef choose grass-fed first. If you can’t find grass-fed aim for organic. Lastly if you are buying conventional meat, avoid fatty cuts as toxins are stored in fat tissue.
Pasture-raised eggs tend to have a brighter yellow yolk. A bright yellow yolk signifies a diet high in beta-carotene and xanthophylls from eating bugs and grass. In many cases a richer colour is indicative of better quality. (Note: some farmers supplement their hen’s diets either with artificial or natural sources of these pigments like marigold leaves so it can’t be the only indicator of the nutrient density of the egg.) See here for more in-depth help understanding the many labels and terms used on your egg carton.
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