Clean eating is a very common term, thrown around to describe a multitude of different dieting and eating methods. And while that definition may change from person to person, there’s one thing that’s for sure, and that’s when the word “clean” describes the quality of your food.
The food industry is notorious for marketing and mass producing, and protein sources are some of the worst offenders. Consumer Reports did a little research on the beef industry, and what they found was pretty scary. The conventional meat industry pumps their cows full of antibiotics and fillers so that they can mass-produce meat and sell it to the consumer (that’s you). While this brings the price point down, it also lowers the nutritional content.
When kept on feedlots and confined to small spaces, conventional cows are also fed by-products and even animal waste. When Consumer Reports looked at the meat from these cows, they found that eighty percent contained at least two types of bacteria. Twenty percent even contained a certain bacteria that is proven to cause food poisoning. While most of the bacteria can be killed with proper cooking, wouldn’t you rather have clean meat that isn’t pumped full of bacteria to begin with?
In their study, Consumer Reports found that meat labeled “grass-fed organic” was the best bet, ensuring that the cows weren’t fed antibiotics or fillers in order to beef them up (no pun intended). This is also your best option when it comes to animal welfare, as grass-fed cows aren’t kept locked inside of a tiny stall. Instead, they can roam around and nibble on grass, like nature intended!
Clean meat isn’t available in every store, but it is now available to most homes because of ButcherBox. Founder Mike Salguero saw that only one percent of the meat consumed in the U.S. was grass-fed, which means a staggering ninety-nine percent of people are eating bacteria-ridden meat. So he decided to change that. ButcherBox is a monthly shipment that arrives at your doorstep, including 8-11 pounds of 100% grass-fed meat from local farmers. It’s enough for about 20 individual meals, and let me tell ya, it tastes darn good.