This summer of 2012 has been a rough year for soybean and corn oil production in the U.S., and in fact, the Washington Post reported this week that government officials can now say 2012 is the lowest mean average corn yield that farms across the country have had to deal with in nearly two decades. But what does this mean for Americans’ health?
To begin, we now know that corn oil contains compounds that can ward off certain types of cancer, not the least of which is liver cancer. So make sure that if you’re not getting your share of corn oil because it’s being cut out of restaurants and regular meals that you make an effort to substitute it accordingly where appropriate.
Another health issue that could be directly affected by this drought is the higher cost of quality meats. Now, we know that beef is not the best option for your health seven days a week, but you want to make sure when you do eat beef that you are eating quality beef–and a drop in corn and soy production can affect this as well as your ability to be able to afford better meats. And on top of that, other meats like pork and poultry will also experience dramatic price increases as well, so pick wisely and make sure that you are getting all-natural, cornfed meats to avoid taking unnecessary health risks.
The Associated Press continues, “On Thursday, the U.N. food agency drew a direct correlation between price hikes in basic food commodities and the months of parched conditions in farm states. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said in its monthly price report that its overall food price index climbed 6 percentage points in July, although it was well below the peak reached in February 2011.”
Careful out there folks. Make sure you are doing what you can for your liver health even if it is a little pricier this year.