A big decision has been made in the Henderson household. For the New Year, we will take red meat completely out of the kids’ diet. There has been a great deal of research on red meat and how cows are actually raised. Unfortunately, most cows are raised in an extremely unhealthy environment. They are given hormones and actually fed chicken litter in some cases. Some of the cows are given ground up diseased animals as part of their daily diet. Although not all farmers participate in these practices, it is not always easy to tell which farmers are raising cows the way they should be raised.
As I look at the development of my kids and their health, I feel that there is something to be said for the kids that do not eat a high amount of red meat in their diets. The saying you are what you eat is still true. If anyone ingests a significant amount of red meat, they are also ingesting the hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics being given to these animals. As we see ailments such as asthma, ADHD, and the inability to fight off colds increase, we have to ask ourselves what could we do differently to affect this outcome. Our bodies react and build immunities based off of what we put into our bodies. Our kids are reacting to the steroids and antibiotics by growing faster than they should and having illnesses that were not so common in previous years.
One way that my husband and I plan to tackle this issue is to cut out red meat. Please do the research for yourself to know what you are feeding your kids.