At House Of Strength, we always emphasize that WHAT you eat is of the utmost importance. The quality of the food you put into your body has a direct impact on your health and well-being – that food is literally being used to create new cells that BECOME YOU. Recent news surrounding ractopamine and it’s use in US livestock prove to be yet another reason why you should seek out local, grass-fed, organic meats.
WHAT IS RACTOPAMINE
Ractopamine is drug added to animal feed to promote leanness in animals raised for meat production – namely pigs and cattle. IN theory, this sounds wonderful. In reality, we have a drug that bio-accumulates (like mercury in fish) and cause nasty side-effects in the humans who consume that pork or beef. Side effects like:
- Tachycardia (elevated heart rate)
- Widening of blood vessels
- Skeletal muscle tremors
- Elevated blood sugar
- Hypokalaemia (lower than normal potassium in blood)(1)
The National Library Of Medicine elaborates, “These effects are pharmacologically predictable, dose-related and potency related, with cardiovascular effects being the most commonly reported side-effects. Non-pharmacological effects include airway hyper-responsiveness and increased airway inflammation.”
Sounds terrible, right?
It get’s worse.
Ractopamine is banned in 160 countries.
In some of those countries, it’s use is punishable by imprisonment and severe fines.
But here in the US, our government – the FDA – doesn’t even test for it.
Russia, who imports nearly $500 million worth of US pork and beef has banned the importation of US meats until our goverment certifies that those meat products are ractopamine free.
But do YOU hear about this on the evening news???
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The answer is simple. Avoid factory farmed meat products. Find a trusted local farmer or trusted meat supplier who cares as much about your health as his own profit. Eat local when you can, but ALWAYS opt for grass-fed, organic meats. Yes it may cost an extra $1-2 per pound, but you only get one body. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not cool with eating poison.