We read often about choosing organic produce to avoid pesticides and herbicides. We know grass fed meat and dairy, pasture raised fowl and eggs and wild caught fish are healthier. Avoiding food from animals that are routinely administered antibiotics is important if we want to avoid creating antibiotic resistant bugs.
According to the Organic Consumers Association:
“Nearly 80% of antibiotics in the U.S. are administered to conventionally raised cows, pigs and chickens to promote growth and treat disease. This means exposing healthy animals to antibiotics over long periods of time.The result is antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can be passed on to humans through the the consumption of animal products or direct exposure to animal manure, which is often generously applied to farmland as a means to cope with the vast amount of waste produced by concentrated animal feeding operations.”
Gross, I know, but something we need to be aware of. Some recent studies have focused in on shrimp, much of which is imported from countries like China, India, Thailand and Vietnam. Testing has revealed shrimp to be highly contaminated. I wanted to highlight shrimp because it is such a fast and easy protein for many people. But the quality is super important because it can spread these antibiotic resistant bugs to you.
When you need an antibiotic you want it to work. You can avoid unnecessarily taking antibiotics, but if you are eating conventionally raised foods regularly, you may be getting them without realizing it.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and your family from drug-resistant bacteria. When it comes to purchasing shrimp, look for shrimp that is wild-caught or locally produced.
Always be sure to cook your shrimp carefully and thoroughly, to avoid cross-contamination.
Finally, when it comes to other types of food, try to buy most of it locally and and choose properly grown and raised (organic, grass fed, pasture raised, wild caught) as much as possible. Small producers are less likely to misuse antibiotics and eating organic foods can reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides. As I have often stressed, quality is the most impotant factor.
Do you eat shrimp often? Do you know where your shrimp comes from and how it is produced?
Want to see more articles like this? Subscribe to this blog (just click on “Follow”) and get each new post delivered to your email or feed reader. To follow me and get even more tips on how to live your life in 3-D, including improving your diet, choosing cutting edge nutritional products and effective weight loss strategies be sure to like me on Facebook here and here, sign up for my FREE weekly No-Nonsense Nutrition Report (and get a free gift!), follow me on Pinterest and Twitter!
Make gradual changes. Boost health, vitality and energy. Become your best YOU