Eating meat can be detrimental to your health and the environment, but what about the different qualities of meat? American entrepreneur, author, and health guru, Dave Asprey recently took to Instagram to shed light on what eating industrially farmed meat does to your body.

If you are familiar with how industrial farming works and how these animals are raised unnaturally fast for profit, it’s probably not a shock that “cheap” meat can be very bad for your health, but so is “grass-fed”.

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Asprey has half a million followers on Instagram and he often makes videos shedding light on good eating habits like eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, he is not vegan. He believes that eating grass-fed, naturally raised meat is totally fine for health.

While this may in a sense be “better” for us than an industrially raised animal, grass-fed is not sustainable and still carries the risks that come along with eating meat. Oftentimes, farms are allowed to say they are “grass-fed” when the conditions aren’t much better than factory farms. Another thing to point out is that there is simply not enough land on the planet for everyone to eat “grass-fed” meat, making this not a sustainable practice at all. Abstaining from meat is always the best way to save your health and the environment.

While Asprey might not be taking these “grass-fed” factors into account, he is shedding light on just how awful the industrial meat is that most people are eating daily.

“Meat from industrial animals has a noticeably different fatty acid profile. It messes up your gut bacteria and ages your body. Basically, it causes inflammation.”

The animals raised in factory farm settings are often so packed in, they are unable to move and are ridden with diseases. These large farms often do not care about the animals or even see them as sentient beings, instead, they try to make the biggest profit they can off the suffering of these poor animals.

We have been unnaturally farming these animals for so long, that chickens are nearly quadruple the size that they were just 40 years ago. Often they grow so large, their little legs are unable to even hold up their weight. Genetic diversity has also gone out the window with our intensive farming practices, most animals live only a fraction of their life before they are slaughtered and the lack of genetic diversity leads to many diseases.

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Most people would not want to eat meat if they truly saw what is happening at these farms and how their food is being raised. A study found that students were less likely to eat meat after taking a meat ethics course.

Asprey also talks about the problematic antibiotics in the industry.

“If that’s not enough to convince you, let me tell you about Zearanol. It is a pharmaceutical that industrial agriculture companies place in a cow’s ear, a synthetic estrogen made by a species of toxic mold. It’s 1000 times more estrogenic than normal cow estrogen…so the cow gets fat on 30% fewer calories.”

Most of the antibiotics produced in the United States, don’t go to humans, they go right to the livestock animals people are consuming.

It’s correct to say that “cheap” and intensely grown meat is not good for your health, but from numerous studies, we also know that all meat is considerably not great for your health or the environment. The best thing you can do is to cut out meat completely and move towards a whole food plant-based diet. The animals, your body, and the environment will thank you!

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