Thursday, March 3, 2011

Food facination

It is interesting how connected I am to food these days, and I don't mean that simply because I look my chickens in the eye each day and ponder how they would taste with a side of sweet potato, but more in how I approach food in general.

I think living on a farm forces you to think more about where food comes from. You are faced each day with the food chain, whether it's watching a hawk swoop down into the frozen field to scoop up a mouse who wasn't fast enough to scamper away, or seeing an egg as it's laid from the backside of a chicken. (Trust me when I say the death of the mouse was far less icky.)

I have begun to think about what's in our food, where it comes from, and whether or not I should be consuming it.  For years we have been told that margarine is healthier than butter, and that eggs are bad for you. I always thought this was odd, as I eat two eggs a day - including the yolk - and have eggs-sellent cholesterol. Pardon the pun.

Well new research shows that natural is better.   It`s like I thought, consuming massive amounts of man made chemicals simply can`t be good for your insides.

I also find it funny that farmers routinely fatten their hogs, cattle and chickens with corn, and corn based products. The best way to increase marbling in your beef is to finish the cow on corn and grain.  Is it any wonder that as we fry everything we eat in corn oil, and consume hydrogenated corn products that we continue to be a nation that increases in obesity?

Let me be clear. I am not a doctor, I hold no medical degree, and I haven't been to any fancy pants school to learn about the biochemistry of the body.  I just find it odd that I wouldn't dream of feeding my beef cattle anything with man made oils, sugars or chemicals...and yet I have put it in my own body in the past.

Something to think about.

Our bull Monty, who loves to have corn only as a treat!

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