While perusing the selections at the local market, we see a lot of organic and non-organic meats. We hear them mentioned and read about them online. We have all heard that organic meat is better for us. Information abounds on the benefits of eating organic meat and the dangers of regular meat.
But what exactly is organic meat and how does it differ from the non-organic varieties of nutrients, texture and taste? We know that organic meat can be more expensive but is that the main difference?
Is the extra cost worth the purchase or is it all a lot of hype perpetrated by companies trying to up the sales of their costlier meats? Are non-organic meats really bad for us to eat?
What are the main differences between organic and non-organic meats? To answer all of these questions, let’s first define the two.
These are all the meats not marked as organic or grass fed in the stores. They are regularly processed and are the generic meats that are sold in the millions of tons each year. Are they bad for you?
This depends on your own personal opinion. Non-organic meats come from animals that have been fed with food containing chemicals to make them gain weight faster. They are fed with hormones and antibiotics mixed into their feed for faster processing.
This does not affect the overall nutritional value, taste, and texture of the meat, however, it does come with many health risks and concerns.
Many people are concerned with the use of hormones used in the animal feeds that grow our meat. These hormones then transfer into the meat after the animal has been killed and processed for consumption.
Many studies have been performed showing a correlation between the hormones found in meat and certain cancers that show up in the human body. These hormones also have been proven to cause thyroid diseases, obesity, endometriosis, diabetes, infertility, and uterine fibroids.
Antibiotics are also a main concern for many as they come with their own dangerous side effects. As recorded in a 2010 published review in Toxicological Research, using antibiotics in the food that animals consume can create resistant bacteria strains that can be dangerous to the human body when consumed.
These antibiotics can also be dangerous to our digestive systems as they can create an unbalance of healthy bacteria needed in the human gut.
Organic meats are defined as the meat from animals that have been fed 100% organic feed in their diets. This means that chemical fillers have not been added to their feed. These fillers can include antibiotics and hormones.
Organic animals have been allowed to grass-fed and graze in environments like their own natural living conditions. Their organic feed is even grown free from pesticides and other synthetic fertilizers.
Organic meats also come from healthier environments and are generally raised in pastures and allowed to grass feed making their meats a little leaner than non-organic choices.
These natural measures translate into a healthier meat free from chemical additives. The animals are what they eat, and its meat will carry all the nutrients and chemicals that it has consumed. Since organic meats were not fed with chemical additives they will be free of those and offer instead a healthy meat for our bodies to consume and use.
There is a higher risk of contamination in organic meats because all those preservative chemicals are missing. To combat this, it is necessary to take extra care in storing and preparing your meat, so contamination is not an issue.
It is important to state here that the nutrient levels in both types of meat are about the same. Both organic and non-organic types of meat are rich in proteins, zinc and iron, plus various vitamins and minerals. Both types contain unsaturated and saturated meats.
Both types of meat are very similar in textures. As for taste, that opinion is split. Many will say the organic tastes better and others will tell you that they taste the same.
That answer will have to be left up to your own personal taste buds. The healthier alternative is organic, however, if you cannot find organic in your area then non-organic will typically not be a problem to the public.
Government regulations are very strict in enforcing what is safe and what is not. The public’s welfare is always of the utmost concern. There will never be anything sold to the public that can be harmful to our well-being.