Multiple sources point to happiness and a general lack of bad stress being good for your health. One of the most glaring commonalities of the longest lived cultures in "The Blue Zones" was their tight community that valued older members. Not sleeping enough or being overly stressed raises cortisol levels, as well as increases other undesirable hormones.
Is it possible that the meat from animals that lived particularly stressful lives (think factory farmed chickens living in cages covered in albatross shit) could retain those hormones? If artificial hormones given to animals can lower the meat's nutrition, couldn't it be the same case for natural hormones?
Not that there isn't enough problems with factory farming to avoid it all together as it is, but it'd be nice if one could argue that treating animals well isn't a selfless treehugger-esque act, but routed in science and as practical as it is moral.
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They are tastier when there is less stress, especially during the slaughther. Stress hormones lower the quality of fish and beef atleast. Very well known. For best flavor, sashimi fish in japan are killed by ike jime method. Less lactic acid and stress hormone buildup means cleaner better tasting fish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YofCpoXkx2Q
i have a friend who hunts and he says that the reason hunters want a "one shot" kill is not because its humane. its because if the animal isn't killed instantly, the terror/pain/panic of the kill releases chemicals/hormones that make the meat tough.
any hunters here?
My brother and his wife only eat Halal meat, and he said he tastes a huge difference between Halal and conventional/factory farm meat. Conventional meat is a lot tougher, because of the slaughter methods.
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