Posted: 26/11/2014 at 06:44
That's interesting Mike. Do you have any data correlating the introduction of GM and the rise in obesity?
I had rather thought it to be a combination of factors - including lack of physical exercise, the fact that most manual work is now done by machine, the constant time pressure meaning that people use cars or public transport rather than walk or cycle,, an over reliance on cheap carbohydrates in the diet and the introduction by food manufacturers of corn syrup into almost every type of processed food in an attempt to make it more palatable - it's proved to be addictive.
Something else that might interest you is the relatively recent discovery that grass-fed beef is much healthier for you than beef that has been produced indoors and grain-fed, as the grass-fed meat contains considerably less of the harmful types of cholesterol and more of the good omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and CLA (a beneficial fatty acid named conjugated linoleic acid).
Now there is a strong move in the US away from grain-fed intensive beef production to producing beef cattle outside on pasture as it used to be done.
Grass-fed beef has always been considered the best in the UK, but intensive indoor reared beef fed on carbohydrates has also been commonly available and is usually cheaper. Hopefully the health benefits of grass-fed beef will soon be more recognised.