Meat is being mass-produced to such an extent that our own diets are at steak (see what I did there?).
Jokes aside, processed meats fail to give you the same benefit that sustainably reared meats do. So, are the savings really worth it?
What is it with factory-farmed meat which makes it less nutritious?
- factory-farmed meats tend to be wholly grain-fed, making the product contain less vitamin E, beta-carotene, and fewer health-promoting fats
- Vitamin E helps maintain healthy skin and eyes, and strengthen the body's natural defence against illness and infection
At Saffron Alley, all our beef and lamb are grass fed and given healthy diets, retaining all the goodness in our end product.
Just as humans become ill from unhealthy diets, animals too get sick from unhealthy feed…
- Cattle, goats and sheep are naturally designed to eat grasses and plants, not low-fibre grains in factories. So, when these mass-produced animals are switched from natural pastures to grains, many risk suffering from illnesses which can be passed on into the product. At Saffron Alley, we eliminate these risks.
And even if farmers cure any diseased animals with chemical additives or antibiotics, this is beyond the point. Surely the best meat is one which has been untampered with altogether?
What else makes our meat healthier?
At Saffron Alley we also ensure that our animals are free from stress and enjoy a good quality of life:
- Our chickens are all raised in humane conditions, with room to roam in their pens
- In this way, they can practise normal behaviors such as grazing and roosting
But how does this make the meat healthier? Well, we all know how greatly stress can affect our physical and mental wellbeing, so it’s not a surprise that animals too experience the same effect. Stressed animals produce products that are lower in:
- several key vitamins
- omega-3 fatty acids.
By rearing our animals ethically, we prevent this loss.
We must stop supporting intensive, factory-farmed meat. It’s not only an unethical method but it is also in our own best interests to eat healthier.
While some factories do try and produce ethical and healthy meat, the complexity of the whole industry has made it difficult for us to find out about the few that do. Saffron Alley saves you that research and uncertainty. Yes, you end up paying a little extra, but your body will thank you in the long run!