(Closed) If you had to choose organic or fat..

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I prefer to go with the lower fat content. I buy organic milk and organic fruit & veggies, but for "main dish" foods I tend to choose the lower calorie/lower fat staples.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I buy a lot of organic, but living in CA it’s not so hard to buy it reasonably priced from the farmer’s market.  I also think that the grocery store label is not always reliable.  I would prefer to buy conventional produce grown locally than organic produce shipped from China or Chile.  But it depends a lot on your motivations.

The argument would go that unless you have heart/health problems that necessitate a low fat diet, the reason higher fat conventionally grown meat is not as good for you is the unnatural conditions in which the cattle are raised and fed.  A lot of toxins are stored in fat…and I swear if you ever read a book like "Fast Food Nation" or "Omnivore’s Dilemma" your appetite for conventionally raised beef especially will go to zero.

But from a wellness perspective, maybe higher fat organic meat would be better.  I think the healthiest thing we can all do is limit our consumption of meat (to a few times a week).  Organic or not, that would probably lead to the biggest reduction in rates of cancer and heart disease.  And in a way, the expense of organic food sort of forces that.   

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I buy organic milk, produce and meat. For other items, low fat.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Hmm, it’s hard to say for me, since I rarely eat meat.  But I try to buy mostly organic veggies.  Is there an option to buy grass fed or locally ranched beef that isn’t necessarily organic?  I think it’s better for you b/c those cows aren’t pumped full of antibiotics. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I only eat organic meat. A few years ago I read an article in school about the FDA wanting to approve cloned meat & milk from cows, goats, & pigs. In 2008 it was approved!

Many people believe its already on the shelves and because the animal is genetically identical to the original, they don’t need to label the meat as "cloned". It makes my skin crawl. In my first year of university I shadowed a scientist who mutated genes in & cloned rats. They looked like normal rats, but all the mutated ones died prematurely and their insides were all mixed up. A test-tube cow just doesn’t sit right with me…

The only way you can ensure you aren’t eating cloned milk or meat is by eating organic. A certified organic animal is not allowed to have cloning in its ancestry.

It can get expensive, but I would still stick with the organic. If you’re eating ground beef then just drain it over & over again on paper towel. Also, you can’t possibly be eating ground beef every day- so I don’t think a higher fat intake will make that much of a difference.  Its healthier to limit your red meat to once or twice a week.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Since you asked specifically about ground beef, here is a trick I use so I can get cheap and lean ground beef. For ground beef that is going to be cooked in a skillet (like for tacos, hamburger helper, pasta sauce, etc) cook the cheap fatty beef as usual but then drain in in a colander with hot water running through it. Drain with water until all the fat is gone. I read this a few years ago that by doing this, you actually end up mwith leaner meat than if you bought the lean meat and only drained it.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I like to buy organic produce, but not everything is always organic. Plus, they say that not everything must be organic – like fruits and veggies with thicker skins … don’t remember which ones. I buy all of my chicken organic and all of my meats premium … but sometimes for certain foods, the fattier meats are best! I

I’m especially picky about organic eggs and milk. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee

Here’ s a great site about what "Organic" means. It’s regulated and therefore anything labelled "organic" must actually meet the stringent guidelines.  The term "all natural" is pretty much meaningless.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/nu00255

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