Have you noticed the plethora of labels on today’s food products? It’s crazy the amount of labels that get slapped on everything from boxed dinners to fresh meat. All natural, organic, gluten free, low fat, no fat, grass fed and more.
When it comes to meat, the labels get even more complicated — and even misleading. Take, for example, this label:
The first line on the label says, “No Antibiotics.” Awesome, right? Well, yes, if you don’t know that all meat is free of antibiotics because it’s against the law for farmers to market animals if they still have antibiotics in their systems.
So, where do you turn when you need help deciphering all of these crazy labels — especially when it comes to protein? Why, Mom at the Meat Counter, of course.
Meat scientist and mom Janeal Yancy started blogging at Mom at the Meat Counter four years ago, after she gave birth to her daughter, hoping to return the gift of advice that so many moms had given her.
“When you become a mom, you join this special club,” Janeal said. “Moms love to help each other out. After my daughter was born, I realized that I was getting all this great help and advice from other moms and I wanted to contribute something back to other moms.
“I realized that lots of moms didn’t know much about how their food was produced. They had lots of questions and concerns about food and meat production. It can be really stressful to hear or read scary things about the food supply and not know where to get good answers. I had an understanding of meat production that other moms didn’t. I could help other moms feel better about the food they feed their kids and I could help give them some confidence in buying food.”
Thus, Mom at the Meat Counter was born. Janeal, who still works in academia at the University of Arkansas, is oversees the meats quiz bowl and academic quadrathlon teams (you go, Janeal! I have a toddler, and let me say, if you can get all that done, you deserve a cape!) and loves working with students in the university’s Block and Bridle Club.
On her blog you kind find all kinds of great information about how your favorite protein is raised, harvested and marketed. Janeal tackles the topic that brought me to her blog in the first place, which is labeling, as well as food safety, and processed meats, among other things.
But Janeal says her favorite blog topics come from other moms who have questions about their food and says that, no matter the question, it’s always worth asking — and answering.
“I love questions and comments,” Janeal said. “My best posts come from readers’ questions. No questions are off limits. If you are worried about something in the meat supply, ask me about it. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does.”
Be sure to check out all of the excellent information Janeal posts at her blog and her Facebook page. You can find both at the Meat Counter. And if you have questions, take her up on her offer! Post comments, ask questions and engage in conversation. Janeal and I have had the opportunity to meet online a couple of times now and she’s absolutely wonderful!
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