The Importance Of Grass-Fed / Grass Finished Red Meats
In the 1940s cows were pasture raised, grass fed and they took an average of 4 years to come to mature slaughter weight. As World War II came to an end there was an overabundance of corn, which quickly became incorporated into livestock feed. Farmers noticed they could achieve a mature slaughter weight in just 2-3 years when they incorporated corn into the animals diet. Now, with the use of modern feed lots and nearly a100% corn fed diet, farmers can achieve a slaughter weight in as little as 5-6 months! Combine that with closed pens, close quarters, antibiotic use and literally next to no movement – corn fed cows have become the staple of the conventional “red meat industry.
Not only are our animals diets extremely high in corn and grains but so is the average human diet: foods and drinks are spike with high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, corn solids and other grain-type additives.
Research preformed in the middle/late 1970s began to shed light onto the dangers of grain based animal proteins in human diet as being a root cause for 90-98% of all chronic disease today (cancer, depression, obesity, allergies, autoimmune disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma etc.)
Corn is the most abundant grain produced in the the United States, it’s our number one commodity (14.42 Billion bushels are produce annually, with only 2 billion bushels exported) – i.e. WE EAT A LOT OF CORN! Not only does corn have the worst fatty acid profile(Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio) of nearly all grains (which causes inflammation and acidity to the consumer), but it is also known to easily become infected with mold. A total of 22different fungi have been isolated by the USDA to specifically affect the corn supplies, most of which is not safe for human consumption – so it is diverted to the feed supply for livestock and pets.
When corn is fed to a cow, the high sugar content of the corn alters the normal PH levels in the stomach. This causes a buildup of acid known as acidosis which can make the animal sick or even die. The solution: Add antibiotics into their diet also! It’s been estimated that livestock now consume 70% of all antibiotics used in the U.S! The antibiotics pre-vented the infections due to the high corn diet and also made the animals gain weight -which is good for the farmers pockets but horrific for your health.
The verdict is out – corn fed animals are themselves sick, full of vaccines and antibiotics and their meats when consumed by humans can lead to inflammation, chronic disease and a slew of other health issues. Solution: You must eat Grass Fed Red Meats!
Grass-Fed Beef Helps Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels – Beef from grass-fed cows contains higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA has been shown in research to prevent several conditions like obesity and diabetes. A recent randomized, double-blinded study concluded that 37% of the people who were given CLA demonstrated better insulin sensitivity over those who weren’t given CLA. Insulin sensitivity determines how easy it is for sugar to be converted into energy.
Grass-Fed Beef Helps Fight Cancer – The same CLA that has been shown to improve blood sugar levels can also help to fight cancer! CLA is considered to be one of the strongest nutrients which can defend against cancer. A study conducted on women who were given high amounts of CLA-rich foods had roughly a 60% lower risk in breast cancer over those who had little to no amounts of CLA in their diet.
Grass-Fed Beef Contains More Healthy Fats – Grass-fed beef provides up to 6x more omega–3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. Grain-fed beef, on the other hand, contains higher levels of omega–6 fatty acids, which are already eaten in surplus in most standard American diets. Increasing your omega-3fatconsumption via grass fed metals can:- Alleviates Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis pain: Omega–3s are highly effective in de-creasing all markers of inflammation- Help with depression: Research demonstrates increase in both mental well-being and clarity when increasing omega–3 fatty acids through diet and/or supplementation.- Increase you focus: Some studies conducted show omega–3s to be a promising alter-native to alleviate attention deficit disorders (ADHD) over stimulant medications.
Grass-Fed Beef Contains Electrolytes – Did you know that grass fed meats are higher in electrolytes, the very nutrients you need for energy condition, acid/base balance and water retention. One of the most common signs of electrolyte deficiency is cramping of your muscles. Grass-fed meat has ample amounts of the three most important electrolytes – a 12oz grass-fed strip steak contains 732 milligrams of potassium, 49 milligrams of magnesium, and 118 milligrams of sodium!
Local Sources of Grass Fed/Grass Finished Beef – WatsonFarmsBeef.com/ (Chester, SC) – Home Delivery, Online DeliveryTanddfarms.net (China Grove, NC) – Charlotte Farmers Markets, Online OrdersMillsfamilyfarm.com (Mooresville, NC) Online OrdersDrKings.com (Leicester, NC) – Bison, Watusi, Elk, Yak, Deer – Online Orders.