Dr. Katz takes food seriously. Tracing where our food comes from is important to him. Knowing what animals were fed, knowing their living conditions, this information can tell us quite a bit about the food we are ingesting.
It's harder these days to find healthy food, that hasn't been laced with chemicals and contaminants. But Dr. Katz encourages everyone out there paying attention to their food not to give up the fight for good nutrition.
(Transcribed from video interview)
There are so many things that make eating well in the modern world difficult and all of them need to be fixed because I think, it’s unfair to place the burden excessively on the individual. At the end of the day, what I do with my feet and my fork is up to me and the same is true of you and we all need to try to own our health and be personally responsible. But, there are factors beyond our control that have enormous implications for our health, and one of them, and this is a great concern to me, is all of the implications of industrial farming. It’s okay frankly to eat some meat.
I don’t eat red meat and I think most of us would be better off eating less of it and I fully agree with the good nutritional advice of Michael Pollan who says, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” I think we should all be eating mostly plants, and it’s fine to eat only plants for those who choose to do it, but when you do eat meat, you’d like to think that it’s reasonably pure.
If you eat beef, for example, it should be beef, and it should be raised as beef is supposed to be raised, but it isn’t. Among the many practices in industrial farming is the generation of cheap feed for feed animals. So for example, cows are routinely fed grain, which is not their native diet. Natively, herbivores should be grazing on grasses; they don’t need grain, and by virtue of changing the feed of feed animals, we change their flesh.
So for instance, the flesh of antelope and deer is virtually free of saturated fat and it actually contains omega-3 fat, which they get from the grasses that they graze on.