I’m inspired by @Brenda to state my point of view on this subject. I also want to let you know that, yes, I am one of those yuppies who buys grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, organic vegetables at farmers markets, and I get to know the farmers personally and buy high end grass-fed, slow-raised, pastured meats. And I pay through the nose for those products.
But, it irks me to no end when I see “you need to buy organic, grass-fed, pastured…yada yada yada…to obtain good health on keto, so don’t buy the Walmart crap.”
This statement is dangerous. For many reasons.
- when someone embarks on keto WOE, there is so much to learn. Pile on the “grass fed rules”, and you make it more complicated for them to follow.
- many many many people cannot afford grass fed luxury. And when you want to get a whole family eating keto, the cost escalates immensely. Don’t give them the reason not to do keto. A parent shopping at Walmart for bacon, eggs, steaks and fish to feed an entire family a keto meal is perfectly fine.
- when someone gets laid off, or other financial crisis occurs, you don’t want them to think that they cannot continue keto. They can! Stop buying the $16 per pound pastured slow-raised bacon, and get the $2 per pound bacon ends at Walmart.
- organic vegetables at the grocery store is flakey marketing. The certification rules are flakey, and all the vegetables are stored side by side, encouraging cross contamination. If you have the money to buy organic, go ahead. But, if you don’t, please don’t feel bad. The main good point here is that you are purchasing whole foods.
- some people don’t give a crap, and buy the cheapest of everything. I can totally respect that philosophy. Nothing wrong with that. Embrace differences in people.
There are a very few valid reasons to discuss some concerns, like heavy metals contamination in some produce. But, this should be done cautiously and not blow things out of proportion.
Again…I’m not knocking the grass fed produce…I’m an avid consumer of it. But, I don’t impose this as a rule and make others feel bad about not buying it. Eat fatty Walmart ribeye with pride! And don’t let anybody tell you that you shouldn’t, when you clearly cannot afford buying the alternative, or just want to exercise your choice.