Recently, I’ve been experimenting with the Carnivore diet. While the benefits of Carnivore are hard to ignore (enhanced performance, improved sleep, increased energy, etc.), the struggle lies in its simplicity.
I love to cook! I enjoy experimenting with fresh ingredients and unique flavor profiles. So, in an effort to mix up the old beef, lard and liver routine, I’m throwing in a decadent gourmet dish. Get ready, because this recipe is serious foodgasm material! What’s more, it’s unbelievably easy to prepare. But before we get to the preparation, I’d like to address the most common concern when it comes to consuming beef tartare.
Should I Be Concerned About Eating Raw Beef?
If you’ve purchased beef from a conventional factory farm then yes, you should be terrified by the thought of consuming it raw. The thing is, factory farms such as Tyson, JBS, Cargill, Smithfield, and Perdue mass produce their meat at the expense of your body, the animal and our planet.
So what are factory farms exactly?
Factory farms are large, industrial operations that are more concerned with the bottom line than they are with animal or planetary welfare. These commercialized slaughterhouses keep animals in such horrific conditions that the animals are often pumped full of antibiotics in order to ward off disease.
And just so we’re clear, over 95% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms. So the fact that you shop at Whole Foods or dine out at expensive restaurants means next to nothing. I’m not saying that you can’t find consciously sourced products at Whole Foods or select restaurants, I’m just saying, you’re going to have to do your homework.
What Do the Food Labels Mean?
Just in case you’re not in the mood to do homework, I’ve done the work for you. First, you should know that words on a package mean basically nothing. Written words on packaged goods do require governmental approval. However, you can imagine how companies often abuse this. For instance, a product could claim “all-natural” because their livestock isn’t fed plastic. Labels, on the other hand, are far more significant. Labels require specific certifications, ensuring a higher-quality product.
ASPCA Recommended Certifications
The ASPCA recommends that those who eat or buy meat, eggs or dairy seek out products bearing the logo of one of the checkmarked certifications below. These third-party verified programs represent a spectrum of better ways to raise animals—from enriched indoor environments to pasture-based farming—but all offer animals significantly better lives than conventional factory farms.
Animal Welfare Approved
Continuous access to pasture or range. No feedlots. Cage confinement, hormones and subtherapeutic (preventative or growth-promoting) antibiotics prohibited. Standards extend to breeding animals, transport and slaughter. Compliance verified by auditors on every farm. Represents a very significant improvement over conventional standards.
Continuous outdoor access for ruminants. Outdoor access not required for birds and pigs, unless the words “free-range” or “pasture” also appear on the packages. Cage confinement, hormones and subtherapeutic antibiotics prohibited. Certified Humane represents a significant improvement over conventional standards.
The Bottom Line
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Please note that eating tartare is not recommended for infants, pregnant women, or individuals with weakened immune systems.
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