Our Meat Types
The term « organic » is reassuring to see on packaging, but it takes the logo! Organic certification guarantees that any product sold in Quebec promoted as « organic » was produced in compliance with organic agricultural standards, as stipulated in the document « Normes biologiques de référence du Québec », issued by the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV). A certified-organic product differs from a regular product in its production techniques, which are more conscientious of health and the environment. For example, the use of synthetic inputs (pesticides and fertilizers) or genetically-modified seeds is prohibited. The CARTV has accredited six certification bodies authorized to grant certifications to Quebec producers :
All of our organic products bear the logo of one of these six certification bodies, certifying that our producers have obtained proper organic certification.
What is the difference between natural and organic?
The main difference between a product that is natural and one that is organic resides in regulation. There exist very clear and definitive organic-food regulations, which isn’t the case with natural food. The term « natural » is used to describe a product which is derived from raising practices taken from both industrial and organic agriculture. Implementation of these practices is incumbent upon the farmers of natural products.
In fact, the price of natural food is somewhere between the price of industrial and organic food.
Each producer who places the « natural » assertion on his products fully understands the implications of this label. Consequently, for his part, the consumer should inform himself of livestock-raising conditions, so as to be sure that they are not in conflict with his own values. Natural agriculture is a sensible choice for the consumer who wishes to eat meat of which the animals were raised freely or which were fed vegetable grain or which received antibiotics for curative reasons only. However, it is possible that the feed may come from fields fertilized with chemical fertilizer or treated with pesticides or even that the animal was given growth hormones. Given that natural production is not subject to any official specifications, it is up to the producers to establish for themselves their production standards. We have therefore chosen for you only experienced producers, who have proven themselves in the natural food industry.
At Mon Epicier Bio, you have the option of consulting each of our producers’ information page. For each one of our products, you will find them under the Our Meats tab. Transparency is paramount to us !
Clearly, game meat is an excellent choice !
Generally, game meat is low in fat and high in protein. A 75g serving contains from 1g to 3g of fat, depending on the type of game. In comparison, an equal serving of chicken contains from 3g to 7g of fat. For beef, fat content varies from 3g to 11g in lean cuts.
Vous pouvez consulter un tableau comparatif de la composition moyenne et approximative de quelques viandes crues pour 100 g (www.harmoniesante.com)
Researchers have also found that the incidence of colorectal cancers increased with consumption of high-fat meat (sausages, entrails, cold cuts) and decreased with consumption of lean red meat.
Therefore, the low content of total fats and of saturated fats in game meat should be considered beneficial to good health, especially if it replaces meat richer in fat in one’s diet.
A question of quantity, according to the Canadian Cancer Society !
The Canadian Cancer Society recommends consuming 3 servings per week of red meat (85-gram portions). Meat containing less fat is preferable, especially for individuals who are overweight or suffer from high cholesterol and triglycerides. Game meat constitutes an excellent choice if you are looking for meat that is lower in fat and having a good source of protein !
A recent review of over 50 research studies has shown that lean red meat, with visible fat removed, does not raise total cholesterol or «bad» cholesterol when it is eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat. These results confirm that eating a moderate amount of lean red meat (such as game) can be part of a healthy diet. Red meat contains compounds that may protect against cancer. In fact, studies have shown that high blood levels of zinc and selenium reduce the incidence of certain cancers. These minerals are present in large quantity in red meat, especially that of game.
Red deer meat is 5 times less fatty than beef. It is therefore recommended for many weight-loss diets since it is considered a good source of protein and is low in calories. Its Iron and vitamin B content also contribute in making red deer meat a healthy venison prized by nutritionists.
Among the « new » meats that are becoming increasingly sought-after, we find bison meat, which contains less calories, less cholesterol and up to 75% less fat than traditional red meat. In fact, bison meat is very lean. Low in fat and calories, this game offers a good source of iron as well as considerable vitamin B12 content. As such, bison meat is highly prized by nutritionists. Another interesting fact about bison meat; it is hypoallergenic.