Antibiotics are being used in farming and food all across America
What’s scary about this fact is that most people don’t even realize that a lot of their favorite foods are packed full with antibiotics. Furthermore, the amount of research into these antibiotics and their effect on human health is scarce.
Nearly 100% of dairy cows are given antibiotics to prevent disease, and 88% of pigs are given similar treatment for the same reasons. However, recent research shows us that close to 25 millions pounds of antibiotics are used on chickens, pigs, and cows per year that have no therapeutic purposes.
Animals are being pumped with antibiotics can cause humans health problems
The overuse of antibiotics in meat leads to the production of superbugs which are resistant to drugs. This can make various types of medication for illnesses ineffective in humans. The biggest food restaurants in the country can either be the biggest problem, or they could be the fix. Any food places that claim to be a healthier option need to go the full stretch and ensure that their meat significantly reduces its antibiotic content.
There is now more awareness of antibiotics in meat and it has forced many food chains to change their approach to meat. Any that don’t simply won’t be able to keep up with the competition.
Another major health concern surrounding the drug resistant-superbugs is the fact that two million antibiotic-resistant infections annually. 23,000 of which die. However, now that consumers are becoming more aware of antibiotics in their meat and how it can affect their health, the power is in their hands.
Research reveals the ranking of your favorite food restaurants in terms of the antibiotics contained in their meats
There is now a second rating which reveals twice as many restaurants made significant improvements and were considered passable. This is a great step forward in the meat industry and it looks like the wishes of consumers is being met.
However, as you can see by the ranking list, only two restaurants (Panera Bread and Chipotle) have an A grade. The A grade signifies that the use of antibiotics is limited during the production of their meat. The rest fall under B or C grades which means there are mixed results.
For example, McDonalds sourced ALL of their chicken from farms that didn’t use any antibiotics whatsoever. But they didn’t make the same effort for their beef and pork products.
The companies with D grades made small but relatively insignificant changes.
Companies with an F grade made no changes to the antibiotics contained in their meat
Some of the food chains that didn’t take any steps to reduce antibiotics in their meat include:
- Dunkin Donuts
- Olive Garden
- Burger King
The ranking systems above can help you navigate your way around the food chains graded with an F. Their meats still contain high quantities of antibiotics, so do your best to avoid them as often as possible. We advise sticking to ones that are graded A, however, since there seems to be so few, it can be tricky.
Go for organic meats as often as you can. They don’t contain any antibiotics or growth hormones and the more you can add those meats to your meals, the healthier you’ll be.