Corn is cheap, plentiful, fattening, and it helps livestock and farm-raised seafood get plumper and ready for market a whole lot sooner. So it’s no wonder that most of the meat and fish on the market these days has been raised on corn — however, that’s bad news for us humans.
Even though buying farm-raised meat and fish is cheaper, it’s pennywise and pound foolish — with “pound” here meaning extra pounds of fat!
These meats may be less nutritious for you. Grass-fed beef is richer in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, while its corn-fed counterparts are loaded up with excess omega-6 fats, which counteract the benefits of omega-3s.
They may be loaded with antibiotics and toxins. Feeding animals with foods they don’t naturally consume makes them more prone to illness — that’s how E. coli and other dangerous bacteria have ended up infecting large quantities of beef, pork, and other foods. Therefore, farmers often need to beef up their animals’ immune systems with antibiotics and other medications. Many food producers who utilize corn feeding also feed their livestock growth hormones to help speed up their time to market. And guess who ends up consuming those growth hormones and antibiotics in the long run? That’s right. We do. Yuck.
They may fatten you up. Corn is a high-starch vegetable that fattens you up if you eat it — and if you’re eating meat that’s fattened up on that same ingredient, it’s likely to make you gain weight.
Instead of eating corn-fed meats and seafood, choose wild-caught fish and animals that were raised on their natural diets — it’s healthier for you, and for the animals themselves.