We live in a society were we get most of our food pre-packaged and processed from grocery stores. Although this change from buying local-grown goods to manufactured food products may have made our lives seemingly easier, it is also responsible for a variety of health problems that many of us are facing today.
Instead of giving up our health for convenience sake, we should make sure that we are eating the least processed foods possible, as in the long run this over-consumption of factory foods will eventually take its toll on us. This is why I’m going to show you four simple “food-swaps” that you can make to live a healthier lifestyle.
Don’t Buy Factory-Farmed Meat
This may seem obvious, but eating free-range, organic meat products will greatly reduce your exposure to many of the harmful substances found in highly processed foods.
Factory farmed meat products are known to contain many toxins. This is due to the conditions that these animals are raised in. Factory-farmed animals are usually cramped together without very much space to move, which leads to a high amount of disease being spread throughout the livestock.
In order to combat this spread of disease, farmers pump their livestock full of different antibiotics, which then resides in the meat of the animal that we consume. These antibiotics are also used to promote unnatural growth in these animals, and many experts believe that overuse of antibiotics can lead to the production of new, more harmful bacteria.
Instead, purchase meat products that you know came from free-range, organically raised livestock.
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Skip Pasteurized Milk, Go For Raw
Although the FDA and the CDC claim that raw milk contains more food borne illnesses that pasteurized milk, many health experts have found that these claims are unfounded.
Raw milk contains many factors that make it nutritionally superior to pasteurized milk. Since raw milk comes from cows being raised on grass, unlike factory-farmed cows that are fed of much less nutritious grains, it contains much more health beneficial vitamins.
These include vitamins A, D and K2, which have been shown to support brain function, strengthen bones and balance hormones. Raw milk is also rich in conjugated linoleic acid, which has been shown to fight cancer development and reduce tumor size in many different areas of the body.
Buy Eggs Laid By Free Range Hens
Aside from commercial eggs being more likely to contain salmonella due to the increased spread of disease in factory farms, they also contain much less nutrients compared to their free-range counterparts.
According to the test results of an independent lab, free range eggs contain:
- 2/3 more vitamin A compared to factory farmed eggs
- Twice as many omega-3 fatty acids
- Three times as much vitamin E
- Seven times as much beta carotene
Aside from being more nutritious than factory farmed eggs, free range eggs also contain only 2/3 of the cholesterol and 3/4 of the saturated fat found in factory farmed eggs.
Overall, the best way to stay healthy is by consuming unprocessed, organically produced food products. For more information on the benefits of organic food, click here.
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