The biggest “BAD” health advice
A telltale sign you shouldn’t trust a health and nutrition advice is if it promotes the consumption of animal products of any kind.
A lot of health coaches and their derivatives products – advice, books, courses, etc. – have inadvertently taken part in widespread BAD advice about healthy eating which advocates the inclusion of seemingly healthier options of animal products (free range, organic, pasture raised, grass fed, wild caught, etc.). And the unsuspecting public has inadvertently bought into this bad advice because it provides that level of comfort that they can still indulge in the foods they love and are used to.
But all evidence that science has to offer points to a completely different direction.
You cannot get to an optimal point of health by featuring animal products as the main player in your diet. The temporary relief of symptoms you may feel right now is due to removing processed foods from your diet, and is certainly not due to consuming chunks of meat or wild caught fish or eggs every day. Your body is putting up with these animal products until it can’t anymore. In other words, your body is trying to heal despite the inflammatory animal products you continue to feed yourself, but it’s swimming against the tide and won’t get very far in the long run.
Some of the most common animal foods being mistakenly promoted as healthy are:
Liver in all animals (including humans) is the main detoxification organ. Liver accumulates toxins in high concentration, and when you consume animal liver, you also get high amounts of toxins.
2. Grass-fed meat and bones
Grass-fed or not, organic or not, all animal meats are sources of highly inflammatory arachidonic acid, and are high in saturated fats.
All animal products also contain animal hormones, and animal raised for foods are especially high in stress hormones (yes, even when they are pasture-raised and organic, because they all get slaughtered before they end up on your plates!).
In fact, red meat is classified as Class 2 carcinogen by the WHO, which means that evidence shows that it probably causes cancer, just one class below cigarettes.
Animal bones could contain high levels of heavy metals, as animals store heavy metals in their bones as part of their natural, biological defense.
3. Organic or pasture-raised eggs
Same as the above, eggs are sources of arachidonic acid, animal hormones, and saturated fat. This is true regardless of how the animals are raised.
Just one single egg would put you very close to your daily allowance of LDL cholesterol. While two eggs would definitely surpass what your body can handle in one day, just from cholesterol alone.
4. Wild-caught fish
With our waters being so highly polluted these days, so are wild-caught fish and seafood, especially oily fish which is commonly being promoted for consumption due to their omega 3 content. Oily fish stores toxins in their fat structure, with fish liver and fish skin containing the highest concentration of toxin accumulation.
And like all other animal products, fish also contains arachidonic acid which is inflammatory. If you must eat fish, do so sparingly, and choose fish that is white flesh, not oily fish like what you’ve been told, and choose seafood that is much lower in the food chain (smaller). Even then, do so while bearing in mind that all animal products are not the optimal health foods.
All the nutrients in animal products are available in better quality, much less contamination, and without all the downsides, in whole plant foods.
If you cannot do without animal products in your diet, make sure that they only make up a tiny portion of you diet. I’d say 10% or 20% at most, to start. With any animal products you consume, you need to consume 4 to 5 times more whole plant foods to counter the damage. If you stick to this ratio, you will automatically drop your animal products consumption over time as your body adjusts and develops a preference for plant foods.
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