Why Eat Grass-Fed Beef?
You Haven’t Tasted Beef Until You’ve Tasted Grass-Fed.
When You Do, You’ll Be Hooked For Life.
Today more than ever, the source of your food matters. Gone are the days when you could trust your neighborhood butcher or grocer to provide your family with wholesome, fresh food free from unnatural – and dangerous – hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides.
Sadly, Big Agriculture and mega-food corporations have largely taken over smaller, family-run operations. We’ve lost the caring connection of those businesses to an unprecedented, almost furious quest putting profit before food quality and even safety.
Their perceived need for cheap, mass produced, convenient food products has unfortunately led to a nutritional deficiency epidemic. As a result, Americans live in a land of plenty, but the bounty no longer provides proper nutrition.
Lucky for us, some of those smaller, caring family-run businesses still exist. And along with them, sources of food as pure as days past and healthier than ever. Untainted by growth hormones and antibiotics, animals are free to roam in pastures free from pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Perhaps most importantly, these animals are free to eat the food nature intended.
REAL Cows Eat Grass — Not Grains
If you love to eat beef, but have recently had concerns about its levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, then you’ll be thrilled with what you’re about to discover.
Cattle were not designed to eat grains. And because of that, their diet of grains in factory farms largely contributes to the negative aspects of eating beef.
The fat content of beef is the primary reason it has lost ground as a respectable entrée on America’s dinner table. Not only do most beef cuts have a high fat content, ranging from 35-75%, but the majority of it is saturated.
“Grain-fed beef can have an omega 6:3 ratio higher than 20:1”– J. Anim. Sci. 2000. 78:2849-2855
This well exceeds the 4:1 ratio where health problems begin to show up because of the essential fat imbalance. Grain-fed beef can also have over 50% of the total fat as the far less healthy saturated fat.
Grass-fed beef has an omega 6:3 ratio of 0.16 to 1.
This is the ratio science suggests is ideal for our diet. This is about the same ratio that fish has. Grass-fed beef usually has less than 10% of its fat as saturated. If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, the extra omega 3 from the grass-fed beef will provide incredible nutritional benefits for your child.
How Grass-Fed Beef Enhances Your Health:
Compared to grain-fed cattle, grass-fed beef is:
- Two to four times richer in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
- Higher in “good” unsaturated fats and lower in “bad” saturated fats.
- Three to five times higher in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) content.
- Loaded with over 400% more of vitamin A (as beta carotene) and E.
- Virtually devoid of risk of Mad Cow Disease.
You May Even Lose Weight With Grass-Fed Beef
Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in calories. A 6-ounce steak from a grass-fed steer can have 100 fewer calories than the same steak from a grain-fed steer. Simply by switching to lean grass-fed beef, in one year you could save 17,733 calories and lose 6 pounds without changing anything else in your diet.
Here’s another thing about grass-fed beef… CLA is a naturally occurring fat found in animal and dairy fats such as beef and poultry that are not fed grains. As soon as you start to feed cattle grain, they start to lose their ability to produce CLA. Animals that graze on pasture have from 300 to 400% more CLA than animals fattened on grain in a feedlot.
As we all know, diet and exercise are required to lose weight. However, University of Wisconsin research shows that CLA intake assists individuals who lose weight in preventing putting pounds back on.
Information taken from: http://www.mercola.com/. “Take Control Of Your Health.”