Monday, February 13, 2012

The Benefits of Eating Grass-fed Beef

Mmmm- nothing beats a big, juicy, grass-fed beef hamburger!!!  And, you are probably thinking: "I can't believe she would eat all those calories and fat!!!"  Well, lower fat content and fewer calories are just a couple of the benefits of eating grass-fed beef.  All cows used to be grass-fed until the small farmer got taken over by big, money making corporations.  They wanted the cows to grow bigger and faster so that they could make more money quicker.  God designed cows with a stomach that has 4 compartments so they could properly eat and digest grass.  They were not made to eat corn, but it was discovered that feeding them corn, would fatten them up faster and give the steaks that marbled look.  Corn actually has one of the highest rates of e.coli, which is why cows that are corn fed get put on antibiotics- to fight the bacteria.  Then, on top of that, they are given hormones to make them grow faster- for cows used for meat, and to produce more milk- for dairy cows.  All of this is unnatural!!!!  In fact, there is growing evidence linking the hormone given to cows, rBGH or rBST, to breast cancer in women.  Yes, cows naturally produce hormones just like humans do, but, the hormones they give cows are genetically engineered- not natural.  So, along with fewer grams of fat and calories, grass-fed beef also has a natural presence of ALA- alpha linolenic acid, the omega-3 fatty acid that serves as the building block for all other omega-3 fats. Research has shown that omega-3 fats help to protect against high blood pressure and heart attack.  Grass-fed beef also contains CLA- conjugated linoleic acid.  Research has found that the benefits of CLA include: a reduction in cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, inflammation, food-induced allergic reactions, and body fat.  Yes, that last one was:  a reduction in body fat!!!  Researchers are also seeing a reduction in the size of cancer tumors.

We have heard all about the dangers of eating too much red meat, but, that only applies to corn fed beef.  Eating grass-fed beef is very healthy for you.  I would encourage you to use the computer to find local farmers in your area where you could purchase grass-fed beef.

Now, go grill up a big, fat, juicy grass-fed burger!!! Enjoy!!

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