Are You Eating Turkey?

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Ever wonder why we eat turkey on this national holiday? Most people are under the belief it has to do with the pilgrims but truth be told, this tradition came much later on.  Turkey was and is considered an “American” symbol as far as a bird is concerned and for that reason and it’s large size, the turkey was the choice for this holiday feast!

Ever buy a free range, all natural turkey for your table vs. the chemical filled ones on the store shelf? I have and although I paid double the price per pound it was quite worth it!  We had no immediate drug inducedlethargyy and desire to curl up and sleep for a week.

Well I’ll be the first to uncover the unnecessary chems in our foods but the truth about why you get sleepy is actually an all natural occurring chemical! L-Tryptophan may be found in turkey and other proteins, but it’s actually a carbohydrate-rich (as opposed to protein-rich) meal that increases the level of this amino acid in the brain and leads to serotonin production.  Carbohydrates stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin. When this occurs, some amino acids that compete with tryptophan leave the bloodstream and enter muscle cells. This causes an increase in the concentration of tryptophan in the bloodstream and you feel that familiar sleepy feeling.

But don’t think for a second that Your store bought bird is free of my critique!

Roxarson is a drug that was being fed to over two-thirds of all birds. The problem is so concerning a bill was posed to make it illegal but of course it was never passed. It happens to be a metabolite of arsenic, and arsenic toxicity can lead to skin lesions, kidney damage, diabetes, liver toxicity, memory defects, still birth, cancer, miscarriage, increased preterm births, low blood pressure and others. Unfortunately, roxarsone and arsenic are not the only toxins turkey meat may contain. Turkeys are also given other antibiotic growth promoters that help fatten up the birds and prevent infections due to their close living quarters. So, if this concerns you….there are plenty of ways to get an all natural bird, simply ask!

Go to your local butcher if your a city slicker and if you’re not, find a farm and give your money to those who really deserve it!

Either way, always be conscious of what you put on your table and don’t get sucked in by the pretty marketing ploys!

This holiday I’m thankful for the same things I appreciate daily, but I’m extremely thankful that our food industry is changing and it’s because of warriors like all of us!

VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS AND KEEP GROWING HEALTHY!

With immense appreciation for all of you who follow along,

Happy Thanksgiving!