The food industry's profits are directly related to the level of confusion they can create. It is not too hard to find something good to say about even the worst foods.
Cows have highly specialized bacteria in their stomachs that allow them to extract nutrients from grass. CAFO-raised, grain-fed beef is unnatural regardless of what any Cattlemen's Association might tell you.When it comes down to it, you can't trust yourself. You will believe what you want to believe. If you love fatty industrial beef then you will believe whatever half-truths and deceptions the industry throws your way.
Evaluate nutrition information critically. If it feels like wishful thinking then it most likely is wishful thinking. And always ask yourself if the people supplying the information will profit from you believing it.
If you want to lose weight and be healthy why would you pay attention to anything that the Cattleman's Association has to say?
Start out by reading some free artciles that we have linked to on our Suggested Reading page. Then consider purchasing some of the books we have listed there.
Another great site to visit for inspirational and informative videos is www.TED.com. Visit our Suggested Viewing page to see 6 videos we have collected from TED that we believe will inspire you, including:
A talk by Dr. Terry Wahls who used a hunter-gatherer diet to cure her MS.
A talk by epidemiologist Ben Goldacre about the misinformation and factual distortions that are distributed by the media and big business.
A talk by 11-year-old Birke Baehr about industrial farming.
There are also a host of other movies you can buy on DVD that will inform and inspire you.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body. You can educate yourself for free online on any number of subjects. We highly recommend that you visit Alison and Coursera to sign up for some free classes in a subject area that interests you.
Other ResourcesHere is the best piece of advice that you will ever hear about nutrition:
KNOW THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PRODUCING YOUR FOOD.
Visit the SC Department of Agriculture website. There are all sorts of wonderful resources. Pay particular attention to the Programs & Services page. In the column on the left side of that page there are two particularly valuable links: Community-based Farmers Markets and Community Supported Agriculture. This is how you will find local farmers.