Just up to a month ago, before I started the What We Should Really Be Eating? series, I had no particular opinion about genetically engineered foods. Should we eat GMOs, or not? That was not an issue that was occupying my mind. However, that doesn’t mean I was not prone to forces that were pushing their agenda on me.
In fact, there a game that was being played around me, yet I had no idea about it. And as a consumer, I still had to make choices about what to buy and what to eat.
A big fight I was only mildly aware of was about genetically engineered foods and GMOs. I’m now in total awe of how food technology can help us fight poverty, malnutrition, climate change, and much more.
All the things that we’ll be fighting against as a generation, and our kids we’ll be fighting against too – Well, biotechnology will be one of the tools to use to win this fight.
Yet there’s big misinformation that targets the very tool that can save thousands of lives along with the Earth and the environment as a whole.
When I was little my mom would sometimes get raw goat’s milk from some dairy farmers she knew. She loved that milk, loved the taste. My uncle and her would often reminisce together about their childhood years, the whole, fresh milk and the “koulouraki” (type of Greek biscuit) and “tsoureki” (type of sweet Greek bread) they’d eat along with it.
But we wouldn’t just drink it raw. She’d get the milk home, boil it, and ta-dah! It was ready to be served. I remember we’d have to drink it fast, in a day or two, to make sure it wouldn’t go bad.
All this sounds good, even nostalgic, however here’s the kicker. Raw milk can get you sick. Not just “diarrhea sick.” You can actually die. People have died from raw milk. The USA has even made it illegal to sell in some states. Pasteurization actually became mainstream in the first place just because raw milk was responsible for thousands of deaths.
Even today raw milk is not safe. Organic Pastures, the largest raw milk dairy in the USA, has a history of product recalls. In 2012 California found Campylobacter bacteria in samples of the dairy’s raw cream and butter. In the past its products were found with the delightful E. Coli, when 5 children had gotten sick. A child in Australia recently died because of raw milk.
What’s strange is that even though milk sales are dropping, raw milk sales are increasing! Despite the deaths and the poisoning cases, raw milk proponents argue that raw milk:
Has higher nutritional value than pasteurized milk (not really)
Tastes better (subjective)
Is easier to digest (disproven)
Because this is a matter of life and death, not just food poisoning, I had to investigate and find out for myself what was really going on. Read More
My husband and I were at the milk section of the super-market. I reached for “conventional” milk. He told me to put it back and that we were buying organic. The truth is we have always been buying organic. We met 5 years ago and I doubt we’ve ever bought non-organic milk.
But since I started this research about what we should really be eating, I’ve realized that organic is hype and I had to ditch it.
Organic Milk Vs Regular Milk
I was always buying organic milk because I thought that regular milk:
Had antibiotics (I was wrong)
Had dangerous growth hormone (I was wrong)
Was coming from cows who were treated less humanely than the ones in organic farms (see below for details)
May have higher nutritional value (I was wrong)
Let’s address these common concerns one by one. Read More
This article is part of the What We Should Really Be Eating? series. Last week I showed why every Detox Diet Plan is a scam, and yes I’m not exaggerating. Detox diets don’t “detox” your body, yet they charge you a premium for this. Today I’ll follow up on this topic with real information about the toxins in our… Read More
This is part of the “What we should really be eating?” series. I’ve already covered why we should do our own research when it comes to food, and whether eating synthetic or artificial foods is actually safe or not. You’re about to spend $10, $50, or $400 to get on a detox diet plan. Before… Read More
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