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Why eat organic meat?

Why eat organic meat?

Organic meat is better for the animals. It’s better for the environment. It’s also better for you. But it’s oh-so expensive. Is it worth it?

Firstly, let’s define organic meat.

Organic meat means no artificial fertilisers are used on the food the animal eats. It means the animal isn’t pumped full of antibiotics, or growth hormones. It means the animal is kept in more natural conditions, raising welfare standards.

What does this mean to the steak on your plate?

Well, it means you aren’t ingesting fertilisers and you aren’t ingesting antibiotics or growth hormones. This means you are less likely to become resistant to antibiotics, which is good news for the next time you get an infection.

You can also feel good about yourself knowing you aren’t funding poor farming standards and polluting the environment with chemicals.

Is there any difference nutritionally between organic and non-organic?

Does it matter to your nutritional intake whether the animal was reared organically or not? And while we’re here, what about fruit and veg?

Perhaps surprisingly, research has found that it does make a difference. Organic meat has a significantly higher Omega-3 content. Organic crops are also much higher in anti-oxidants non-organic crops.

 

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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