When it comes to picking out quality meat and protein at the grocery store, I stick to these 5 things to ensure that I’m not going to damage my ability to operate at the peak of my performance. Check them out.
The very first thing I’m looking for when I’m shopping for a high-quality meat, like turkey, or chicken, or beef, is that it is Non-GMO.
As a great rule of thumb that I have learned from Dr. Blake Livingood is that, whatever happens to that animal is going to end up in you…
Since we are at the pinnacle of the food-chain, we absorb everything our food eats/absorbs.
With that being said… GMO’s are something I definitely don’t want in my body because to genetically modify food is to alter that food’s DNA.
Their are numerous studies showing the GMO foods can potentially cause cancer, allergic reactions, antibacterial resistance, and a host of other negative health problems that can just be avoided by not eating GMO foods.
This one isn’t as obvious because we tend to look at antibiotics to help us recover from illness. I believe there is a place for antibiotics, but it is an absolute last resort for me when I have no other options.
The reason for this is because, you have good and bad bacteria in your gut and when an antibiotic is dropped in to the mix, it doesn’t know the difference. Researches have found that the good bacteria in our digestive system are responsible for major things when it comes to our health, like fighting disease.
So when you are ingesting antibiotics, you are destroying the good bacteria in your digestive system over time and this can result in the “bacteria to become increasingly resistant to treatment.”
Like Antibiotics & GMO’s, Hormones can also be absorbed in our bodies by the meat, dairy & protein we eat on a daily basis.
The hormone balance in your body is a delicate system and when it’s thrown off, it almost has a domino-effect on your health, which researchers have found can cause health problems like allergies, miscarriages, and even cancer.
So, the absolute last thing you’d want to be ingesting is artificial hormones.
This is typically done by farmers to help their livestock gain weight faster. More weight means more meat which puts more profit in the producer’s pockets.
4. Added Salt
Ok… This one should be pretty common knowledge, but double check those labels because food companies can sneak this one in on you.
We all no that too much salt (NaCl) is a bad thing. It can cause things like high blood pressure or hypertension. Sea Salt on the other hand is better for you because it comes with essential minerals that your body needs and it will help you stay hydrated.
If that label says “Salt” I run in the opposite direction because it’s unnecessary and it isn’t doing me any favors.
5. Key Terms
You are probably wondering what I mean by key terms…
When I say “key terms” that means when I’m shopping for meat & protein, I’m looking for terms like “Wild-Caught”, or “Grass-Fed”, or “Free-Range”, or “Farm-Raised.”
This tells me that the animal had freedom and was raised somewhat naturally without with less stress than a chicken that was pent up in a cage or close quarters its whole life.
I mainly look for this for two reasons… The animal is going to be healthier compared to an animal that didn’t have this freedom and this also shows me that they’re a bit more ethical values behind the producers which leads me to believe they are less concerned with profit and more concerned with the end-consumer.
The Bottom Line…
I get it… Shopping this way can be a bit more expensive, but if there is anything you should pay a little bit extra for to make sure it’s clean, it’s your protein. (LOL that rhymed)
These same concepts apply when picking out a protein powder or any other animal-based supplement. Make sure it’s clean and hits the 5 points I listed above. There are other things like artificial sweeteners an dyes that you want to look out for when it comes to supplements which you can check out HERE.
Next time you hit the grocery store, try applying this list and let us know what good and bad brands you come across on our Facebook Page so that we can help more people shop for the right protein.