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The shocking truth behind pastured chicken and pork

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Last Updated: Feb 08, 2022

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I’ve known for a while that meat from poultry and monogastric animals (e.g., pork) has a less-than-ideal fatty acid composition, especially if that meat comes from animals that weren’t raised in their natural environment.

What I didn’t know until recently was that even pasture-raised chicken and pork has incredibly high levels of omega-6, which is present as a result of the high concentrations of linoleic acid in the corn and soy that most of those pasture-raised animals are fed.

Dr. Anthony Gustin, the founder of Perfect Keto and Equip, recently announced on Instagram that he had tested dozens of brands of pastured chicken and pork and found linoleic acid levels of 25% and higher. 

If you remember from my blog post about saturated vs. polyunsaturated fats, linoleic acid is a highly inflammatory omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid that’s likely one of the major culprits behind most chronic diseases. It’s also the reason why you should remove industrial seed oils from your diet.

That’s a real bummer because my wife and I love pastured bacon, and the kids love chicken. 

So we immediately reached out to some of the farms we purchase our meat from, including White Oak Pastures*

And to our dismay, we learned that they all use corn and soy in their feed. 

The good news is that at least some of them have already started moving away from this practice. For example, White Oak has announced that all of their broiler chickens will be corn and soy-free by the end of January, and the pigs are going to be next.

While that’s great news, it shows that you have to ask questions and know how the animals you intend to eat have been raised.

That’s one of the reasons why we decided to take our egg supply into our own hands by raising a flock of chickens. They spend every day roaming around our backyard and have access to filtered water from a plastic-free watering system I built. Their feed is organic and free of soy and corn. 

Our chickens love foraging for grubs and insects in our backyard.
Our chickens love foraging for grubs and insects in our backyard…

But guess what?

That makes their eggs so expensive that we’ll likely never recoup the money we’ve been spending on them.

Fortunately, we’re not in the farming business and don’t have to generate a profit with our hens. But it shows that raising animals in the best way possible, while offering their meat at a cost that consumers are willing to pay, is incredibly difficult.

So what does that mean for the Kummer tribe? For the time being, we’ve further reduced our intake of chicken and pork and we’ll ramp it back up once soy and corn-free options become available. In the long run, we’ll probably raise our own broiler chickens and pigs so that we have complete control over the entire food chain.

Of course, that’s probably not an option for everyone. So here are a few steps you can take:

  • Choose meat from 100% grass-fed ruminants (e.g., cows, deer, goats and sheep) over meat from poultry and monogastric animals (e.g., pigs and rabbits).
  • If 100% grass-fed isn’t an option, choose lean cuts from corn-fed beef and add saturated fats in the form of tallow, butter (100% grass-fed) or coconut oil (cold-pressed and extra-virgin).
  • If you have to buy chicken, stick with lean cuts, such as skinless chicken breast.
  • Avoid pork (and especially bacon).
  • Try to purchase from local farms and ask the farmers what they feed their animals.

Before I sign off today, I also wanted to share a few additional bits of news with you, including a list of recently-published blog posts and YouTube videos, some of the stuff I’m currently reviewing and working on, the winners of my Bulk Beef Liver Powder surveyfrom a few months ago, and a giveaway for a breath ketone analyzer from Biosense.

New Articles and Videos You Might Have Missed

First, I want to highlight the fact that I completely updated my Oura Ring vs. WHOOP review and comparison to take into account the new hardware and features of Oura Ring 3 and WHOOP Strap 4.0. If you’re a user of either device — or have been thinking about pulling the trigger and buying one — you’ll definitely want to read thoroughly this updated piece, as a lot has changed since it was originally published.

What I’m Currently Working On

The mask I'm wearing in the photo above is connected to an oxygen compressor that allows me to switch back and forth between 10% and 90% oxygen, a method called intermittent hypoxic training
The mask I’m wearing in the photo above is connected to an oxygen compressor that allows me to switch back and forth between 10% and 90% oxygen, a method called intermittent hypoxic training…

I’m super excited about all of the stuff I’m currently working on and I wish I had 48 hours in the day so that I’d have more time to write and record. Here’s a list of some of the stuff that I’ll publish in the next few weeks:

  • Benefits of Intermittent Hypoxic Training.
  • LiveO2 High Altitude Training System Review.

I’ve been training under oxygen conditions that you would experience at Mount Everest base camp to see how that affects my blood markers, aerobic performance and recovery — and I can’t wait to show you the results!

I’ve also recorded a super interesting video with Dr. Alvin Danenberg — a board-certified periodontist, functional medicine doctor and cancer survivor — about the connection between dental health, leaky gut and metabolic disease.

Additionally, I’ve been testing a new liquid ketone ester from HVMN* — a product that used to be reserved for elite athletes because it was so expensive — and Solio*, a device that uses a combination of radio frequency, infrared and red light to reduce muscle pain stemming from injuries. 

Stay tuned for more on all of that!

Bulk Beef Liver Survey Winners

The results of my recent survey
The results of my recent survey…

It’s been a couple of months, but back in October I sent out a link to a survey to find out if anyone would be interested in purchasing my Grass-Fed Beef Liver supplement as a bulk powder. To my surprise, over 83% replied with “Yes” or “Maybe” and only 17% weren’t interested.

I’m still working with my manufacturing partner on finding a way to make a bulk powder supplement that meets all of my strict requirements in terms of quality and sustainability, and I’ll keep you posted as I get closer to a solution.

For now, I’d like to congratulate Amber S. and Hank M. for winning a free bottle of my Grass-Fed Beef Liver Capsules — and I want to thank everyone else for responding to the survey.

Breath Ketone Analyzer Giveaway

My son Lucas measuring his ketone levels with Biosense
My son Lucas measuring his ketone levels with Biosense…

I’ve teamed up with Biosense* to give away one of their clinically-accurate breath ketone analyzers (worth $299). Check out the caption of my Instagram post to learn how to enter the giveaway. And if you’re not sure what the device is or why you’d want one, read through my Biosense review to learn about everything it has to offer.

That’s it for January!

Stay healthy,

Michael

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