Farmers and food producers who look after animals claim that antibiotics are used to keep the animals healthy, prevent and control illness, and encourage growth.
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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study revealing the negative health impacts of harmful meats.
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/healthy-eating-2/meat-eaters-beware-youre-eating-more-than-just-meat), meat is a staple of the diet in North America. Americans indulge in it for taste, for nutrition, and with the growing popularity of high-protein diets, even for weight loss. However, recent statistics collected by the FDA, have uncovered certain issues when meat products are consumed. Regular meats sold in butcher shops and supermarkets are accompanied by several other health-harming components that aren't listed on the ingredients label.
For over 40 years, the FDA has acknowledged that animal sources of meat have contained antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs. Today, these superbugs are still around, perhaps even stronger than they were before. The superbugs in meat products pose serious health risks, causing potential food-borne illnesses and antibiotic resistance.
Farmers and food producers who look after animals claim that antibiotics are used to keep the animals healthy, prevent and control illness, and encourage growth. Dawn Undurraga, a nutritionist for the Environmental Working Group (a health research and advocacy group) stated, “we don’t have a problem with treating animals with antibiotics when they are sick, but just feeding them antibiotics to make them get bigger faster at a lower cost poses a real problem for public health.” This means that animals are unnecessarily overfed antibiotics, and when consumed, human bodies build a resistance against beneficial medications.
Unfortunately, many of the farms are unsanitary and overcrowded with animals, which results in the perfect atmosphere for bacteria to spread, become more resistant to antibiotics, and create more superbugs. Once these superbugs are formed, they are transferred from the meat to the supermarkets, and ultimately right into homes and dinner tables.
By purchasing and eating these contaminated meats, it becomes easier for the body to develop a resistance to antibiotics. As a consequence, any sickness that could simply be treated with an antibiotic may require further medical assistance, and the illnesses may become more difficult to treat. Many health complications can arise when an illness is not properly treated, or when a person becomes resilient to medication.
More than half the samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected by the federal government from supermarkets contained bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The finding, discovered in 2011 by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, is a collaboration of the Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also found high amounts of meat containing antibiotic-resistant forms of bacteria, such as salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter. This means that the meat bought at local supermarkets can actually contain bad bacteria and increase resistance to antibiotics.
Many sources of meat were tested for the enterococcus bacteria, which is fecal contamination. This particular bacterium is easily resistant to antibiotics, and can cause serious illness among humans. A 2011 study also revealed that 9% of the chicken breasts, thighs and wings were contaminated with a form of salmonella that resist antibiotics as well. Moreover, 26% of these chicken parts were tainted with antibiotic-resistant campylobacter. As for ground turkey, 10% tested positive for salmonella.
There are organic meat options available which aren’t injected with hormones or antibiotics. Raising organic meats also promotes humane animal treatment in which animals are not fed other animal remains and are less exposed to pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
There are other healthy, natural sources of protein available, such as legumes, nuts, cheese, or soy products. These are incredible high-protein sources that can benefit health and prevent the risk of bacteria and antibiotic resistance found in some meat sources.
(SOURCE: Storm, Stephanie. "Report on U.S. Meat Sounds Alarm on Resistant Bacteria." Business Day. NY Times, 16 Apr. 2013. Web.)
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