Is Organic Meat Better? (Part 2)

Organic and conventional meats, as I have already stated in the article Is Organic Meat Better? are different, amongst other things, due to the misuse of antibiotics, which is not common in organic meat. Another difference can be found in the good fats profile.

A recent study (1) revealed that the amount of Omega-3 found in organic meats is 47% higher than the one found in conventional meats. Just a reminder, Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat which is not produced by our bodies and should be part of our diet. Not only is it an essential fat, it is also fundamental for the reduction of inflammation in our body and also for the prevention of cardiac diseases and cognitive decline (2).

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Is Organic Meat Better?

In my most recent posts, I constantly mention that eating meat is healthy, that we should be worried about whether or not it’s organic, and if the animal in question was reared freely.

Other than differences in “good fats”, about which I will write in detail in another post, conventional and organic meats also differ in the use of antibiotics.

In organic meats, they are only used when the animal really becomes ill, but in conventional meats they can be used in order for the animal to grow more than it would otherwise. People didn’t know why this “phenomenon” took place, only that the strategy worked. Now, we know that this happens due to the negative impact that the use of antibiotics has on the intestinal flora of these animals. By inducing a state of chronic imbalance in their intestinal flora, the antibiotics increase the energy that these animals would draw from the same amount of food (1).

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Intermittent Fasting

You have probably spent your entire life hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that, in order to be healthy, you should eat several small meals throughout the day. However, these concepts have changed with time and there are researches today that confirm the benefits of intermittent fasting, which is what you do when you leave the house in the morning without eating anything, or when you spend the day in bed on the weekend and lunch is your first meal of the day.

These researches also suggest that fasting has the same beneficial effects as calorie restriction, which drastically raises the life expectancy of animals. In addition to all of this, intermittent fasting may be used as an option for those who are unable to reduce their daily calorie intake and need to lose weight. Other benefits of intermittent fasting are: an increase in the production levels of the growth hormone (also known as the “fitness hormone”), making losing weight easier, reducing insulin resistance, reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure and increasing lean body mass.

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