Meat is meat, right? Does it matter what our cattle and farm animals eat? Surely the meat is the same whether they’re fed grain or natural grass. That’s what I thought too, until, that is when I did the research. The truth is the same for farm animals as it is for humans. What we put in is what we get out. In other words, modified foods in and disease ridden body will be the result.
The proof is right in front of our eyes however we’ve been conditioned by the food industry that meat is meat no matter how you slice it. The difference between grass-fed and grain fed is dramatic.
6 interesting pasture or grass fed facts to chew on. (Pun intended)
- Much lower in total fat than grain-fed which results in lower calories. About 1/3 – 1/2 less fat!
- Has about as much fat as skinless chicken breast.
- It’s suggested by wellness doctors to help reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol.
- Provides two to six times more omega 3’s, good fat. Critical to building healthy cell membranes. Grain fed has almost none! Omega 3’s are so crucial to your body’s health that I’m dedicating an entire post to the nutritional value of omega 3’s. One piece of info I’ll share to wet your appetite now is humans that eat foods rich in omega 3’s not only lower their risk of cancer by more than 50% but it can literally cause the body to fight cancer! How amazing is the human body? Thank you, Lord! (Stay tuned for this article.)
- Pasture raised hens to produce 20 times more omega 3’s than factory hens.
- Meat and milk from grass-fed ruminants are the richest known source of CLA. When farm animals are raised on fresh pasture they produce milk and meat that has 5 times more CLA. CLA is known to reduce the risk of cancer also.
Common sense tells us that God created all we need for health in our foods. Specifically green plant foods. When our food eats these nutritious green plants they stay healthy also. Dr. Frank Sacks of Harvard University, after a recent study, says…
“Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for many normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.”
Conventional or store-bought meat has very little omega 3 value but is very high in omega 6. When we ingest this meat our body, which is making new cells constantly, ends up making lots of unhealthy cells. Why? It’s because it only has half the equation available to use. The body uses the omega 6’s to build the cells but has very little omega 3’s to work with. The traditional American diet has very little omega 3 fatty acid which is one large contributor to the disease-ridden society we live in today. Because our body doesn’t make omega 3 it is vital that we get as much as possible from the food we eat.
Complications from Too Few Omega 3’s and Too Many Omega 6’s
- Higher risk for heart disease
- Inflammation – Likely true for people suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Digestive Disorders
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Mental Disorders (like depression, Alzheimer’s, etc.)
- Poor Brain Development
- Cognitive Decline
Maybe you’re thinking, “What foods do I need to be eating?” I made a little list of recipes and foods you should be eating regularly to aid your body’s systems in its natural recovery processes with omega 3’s.
- Chia Seeds – Use it in Chocolate Chia Energy Pudding.
- Flax Seeds – Use it in a Thin Mint Chocolate Smoothie or even Ultimate Almond Butter Brownies.
- Hemp Seeds
The diseases, cancers, auto-immune this and that’s of our great United States is a direct result of our gluttony. As the food industry tried to keep up they turned to synthetics in the 90’s which ended up stripping one of the most needed nutrients for the human body. Without omega 3’s in our foods, we don’t stand a chance against diseases and disorders.
One more fact that blew me away. Guess what the number 1 cause of disease-related deaths among adolescents ages 5-19 is? I bet you guessed wrong. CANCER!
Friends, we must rid our lives of the toxicities in our lives. Start with the foods you’re putting into your body and spend a little extra to put the good stuff in like grass-fed beef, milk and pasture raised eggs.
If you have an experience or opinion on the topic please share.
1. Harvard Nutrition Source http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/
2. Health Benefits of Grass Fed Farming http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/grass-fed-natural-beef.asp
3. Eat Wild – Grass Fed Basics http://www.eatwild.com/basics.html
4. National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/childhoodcancers/child-adolescent-cancers-fact-sheet
5. Life-cycle of a Cow http://authoritynutrition.com/grass-fed-vs-grain-fed-beef/