Subscribe by email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Grass Fed Beef

REAL Cows Eat Grass — Not Grains

 

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

"Crazier" waiting for a treat!

“Crazier” waiting for a treat!

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.

Grass-Fed Beef Enhances Your Health in More Ways Than One…

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.

Obviously, CLA enriched beef will not enable you to lose significant weight without other dietary measures and exercise, so please review my optimal food choice program for additional suggestions.

The human intestine produces CLA naturally from linoleic acid. Recent studies have been conducted on attaining a higher CLA content in daily food intake because of possible health benefits such as weight loss.

You Can Feed Your Family 100% Grass-Fed Beef With Minimal Concern of Deadly Food Infections

Mad Cow has killed nearly 100 people in Europe, and most experts believe that it is related to the way the animals are raised, what foods the animals are fed and pesticides that they are exposed to.

While Mad Cow Disease has not been officially reported in the US, a similar disease, scrapie, has already been reported in sheep in the US.

Mad Cow Disease is notoriously difficult to test for. Adding to the concern it may take over 30 years for Mad Cow Disease to incubate!

Even the conservative Consumer Reports believes that it is possible, and is concerned that Mad Cow Disease may spread to the US.

You can virtually eliminate any potential risk for this problem by restricting your beef intake to grass-fed beef.

Foot and Mouth Disease is a dreaded disease in Europe and they have destroyed many of their cattle as a result of this problem. Foot and Mouth Disease is far less likely to occur in grass-fed cattle, which is why many Europeans are choosing grass-fed for their beef selection.

In addition to the Mad Cow and Foot and Mouth Disease risk, you are probably familiar with the issue of dangerous E. coli infections that have killed people in the past.

Protect Your Family’s Health With Safe Beef

Eric Schlosser, who wrote Fast Food Nation, tells us that since 1993, half a million children in America have been made ill by the E. coli bug.

Feeding dead cats and dogs to cattle was legal in the US until 1997 when the government banned the practice because of fears over mad cow disease. Dead horses and pigs, however, are still occasionally ground into cattle feed.

One quarter of America’s minced beef, writes Schlosser, is made from worn-out dairy cattle, likely to be riddled with disease and the meat containing antibiotic residues.

Grain feeding promotes the growth of dangerous E. coli that is more likely to pass through your stomach and infect your colon. When cattle are fed grass, the amount of dangerous E. coli decreases dramatically. (Microbes Infect 2000 Jan;2(1):45-53).

The USDA imposed rules reclassifying as “safe for human consumption” animal carcasses with cancers, tumors and open sores. Do you really want to eat beef like this?

When you feed your family 100% grass-fed beef, you can feel quite confident that you are doing the best you can to dramatically reduce, if not eliminate, the risk of most of these infections.