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If you need any more convincing that “easing up on the animal” is not only an effective and easy way to lose weight, but also a great step toward improving your overall health, more evidence comes from this spring’s Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases (I know, I get it along with Vanity Fair, Vogue and US Weekly.)

In it, scientists reveal that almost HALF of the meat, beef, pork, turkey and chicken samples they took from 26 grocery stores in five American cities were contaminated with antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. (Makes the bean burrito seem like a tastier choice, right?)

The cause was clear. Over 80 percent of the antibiotics in the U.S. are fed to factory farmed animals to promote faster growth and keep down infectious disease outbreaks within the overcrowded facilities.

For the full story, read this Los Angeles Times report or, if you’re feeling super science-y today, you can find the original study at The Clinical Infectious Diseases website.

And remember, now that you’re buying and eating less meat, when you do want it, just buy better. Look for bison if you can find it or beef that is grass fed. It’s not only cleaner, it’s healthier with about a third less fat and more heart protecting omega-3s.

And look for chickens that are free-range and hormone free. If you can buy them from a local farm, even better.

They are more expensive but, again, since you’re eating less meat, you can afford to buy better meat. And you won’t believe the difference in taste!

About Lisa McRee

After 25 years as a local and network anchor, Lisa was just another American mother struggling, and failing, to lose weight. Finally, she cracked the code, and lost 30 pounds, quickly and for good, by doing what she loves: reporting, cooking and eating! The Skinny is the inside story on how she did it, and how you can, too!
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