Ok, I’m on day two of my path to eating more Primal/Paleo.
So the first thing I look at is how to cut OUT the carbs, and how to put IN more meat.
This means wiping out some of the rice and potatoes that usually make up the bulk of my main meal, and putting in more animal fats and good oils, such as olive and coconut oil.
I’m on a severely restricted budget with zero wiggle room, so whatever I do will have to be an almost straight replacement dollar wise, carbs for meat/fat/oil.
Well, the obvious choice seems to be chicken. It’s fairly inexpensive, compared to anything else available, and growth hormones aren’t allowed in chicken. So far so good, right?
One would think so. Except that I read again the other day that conventional farms are intentionally feeding chickens toxic levels of arsenic in order to bulk them up and make them ready for sale faster. Oh yum!
Apparently this isn’t just a few farms, but rather standard practice. And it’s not only allowed, but totally rubber-stamped by the FDA! And these people are supposed to be making our food ‘safe’?
“Upon analysis, the team discovered that the conventional chicken meat samples had the highest levels of inorganic arsenic overall, containing up to four times as much arsenic as the organic chicken samples. These same conventional chicken meat samples contained up to three times more arsenic than the maximum levels proposed, but later retracted, as a safety standard by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2011. (emphasis mine)
“The levels of inorganic arsenic discovered in chicken are cause for concern, especially since many of us are already exposed to the carcinogen through additional dietary and environmental paths,” writes Hunt. “But unlike these other sources of exposure, which typically result from natural arsenic deposits, industry or residual contamination from the days of widespread arsenical pesticide use, as noted in the study, ‘arsenical poultry drugs are deliberately administered to animals intended for human consumption.'”
This has me very, very clucked off.
There is now no affordable commercial source of meat. Even if beef were available and in the budget range for regular consumption (and it’s not), most standard beef is toxic filth, due to how it’s raised, fed, and slaughtered. (GMO corn diet, and fecal contamination, anyone?)
So my real concern here is that by increasing my meat consumption, I’m going to be adding a whole boatload of arsenic into my diet. Whereas I typically eat chicken once or twice a month, and it’s probably not a big deal at those levels, eating it ever day or every other day is another story entirely.
So how in the hell am I supposed to add more meat into my diet without poisoning myself?!
We’re not. And that’s the point entirely.
This leaves me (and everyone else), with very few viable options. It’s either eat the toxins and smile, or find a plan B.
Looks like it’s time to look up my local asinine ‘laws’ on keeping and raising bunnies for personal use.
P.S. Where do the rest of you cavemen get your meat from, and how the heck do you afford it?