How You Can Improve Your Health With Grass-Fed Meats
All livestock, cattle included, evolved on a diet of green leafy plants (mostly grass). They ate virtually no grain. This fact is important because nutritional scientists report that many of America's leading health problems are caused by diets top heavy in omega-6 fatty acids versus omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids come mainly from grain. Omega-3 fatty acids, and an appropriate quantity of Omega-6 fatty acids, come mainly from green leafy plants (on land and in the sea) and some nuts. (The only reason you hear about the need for Omega-3 fatty acids today is because our nation has a grain-based food system which is deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids and many other important nutrients.)
Beginning in the mid 1980s dieticians and scientists started making new discoveries about fat. One major discovery was that some fatty acids are essential for human health. Some of the most crucial fatty acids for optimising body function are those found in the membranes (cell walls) of all cells, especially those located at the nerve synapses in the brain.
It has been determined that the human body and the bodies of all animals require an appropriate balance of the essential fatty acids in the diet in order to promote body function. The balance of essential fats in the foods animals eat is critical because animal bodies cannot manufacture the essential fatty acids -- which is why they are called "essential." The essential fatty acids can only come from food, and if the ratio of fatty acids in the diet is out of balance the body cannot compensate for the deficiencies are surpluses.
Two key fatty acids are the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Scientific experiments have determined that when the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet exceeds 4:1, people develop health problems related to improper body functions. That's why knowing the fatty acid ratio of the food in your overall diet is very important. Grain-fed beef can have up to a 20:1 ratio. The ratio for grass-fed beef is around 1:1. These ratios are similar for all grain-fed versus grass-fed meat, poultry, and dairy products.
The short list of ailments caused or exacerbated by diets high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids include cancer, heart disease, depression, obesity, insulin resistance, allergies, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and arthritis, and attention deficit syndrome. These ailments are not caused by bacterial infections. They are literally created by bodies failing to function properly. Aging doesn't have anything to do with this problem. It's a nutritional deficiency problem, like scurvy was for sailors of old.
The science behind fatty acid ratios makes the health benefits of naturally raised, grass-fed beef and other grass-fed livestock products rather ironclad. Yet there is much more to the story. For instance, dietician point to CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a fatty acid that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders such as lupus and arthritis. It too comes from grass, and grass-fed beef can have up to 20 times more CLA than grain-fed beef.
There is no question that livestock are what they eat. For a fact they are healthier when they are raised on lush grasslands rather than grain. Just like livestock, humans are what they eat. This means good health stems from a proper diet and that can lead to better self-esteem, reduced health care costs, a longer life, a feeling of security, improved mental alacrity, and true independence.
Obesity: Most Americans struggle with obesity. The average American eats 66.5 pounds of beef per year (a paltry sum). A switch from grain-fed beef to grass-fed beef saves 17,733 calories per year. Better yet, obese people who change their diets to foods providing the proper fatty acid ratio can lose weight while consuming the same number of calories.
1Diabetes: A diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent insulin resistance in humans for it will lower body weight, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels.
2 Heart Disease: After cattle have spent four to six months in a feedlot eating grain, their meat has four to six times more fat, twice as much saturated fat, and as little as 1/10 the quantity of omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from grass-fed cattle.
3 People with diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to have high blood pressure or irregular heart rhythms, and are half as likely to die from heart attack or stroke.
4 Cancer: Heart patients who followed an omega-3-rich diet for three years not only had a 70% reduction in the risk of dying from a heart attack, they had a 61% reduction in the risk of dying from all types of cancer.
5 Mental Disorders including Attention Deficit Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease: Your brain is largely composed of fat, and omega-3 fatty acids are the most important of those fats. That's why a diet with an adequate level of omega-3 fatty acids will lower the risk of mental disorders including depression, aggressive behavior, attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia.
6 and 7 E. Coli: Livestock fed corn silage and animal byproducts are more likely to carry E. coli 0157:H7 than other livestock, such as grass-fed livestock.
8 The gastric juices in the human stomach destroy 99.99% of the normal type of E. coli found in grass-fed livestock. A high percentage of the acid resistant E. coli from grain-fed livestock will survive the same acid bath in the human stomach and can cause major health problems. 9
These are only a few of the health benefits that are gained from eating grass-fed livestock products. Besides health there are additional benefits from raising livestock on lush grasslands; their natural environment. Livestock are happier on pasture. Nutrients are recycled naturally resulting in healthier soils and pastures. The economics of agriculture shifts away from confinement operators back to local producers in the rural communities.
Google 'organic grass fed beef ' and the name of my town and up came several meat stores...one very close to me...I bought the nicest steaks, ground beef, bacon and chicken. I must say it is more expensive, and if I were still raising a bunch of kids I wouldn't even look at it...but knowing what I know now I sure wish I would have. The health benefits are so extreme.
So take a look in your area...if you find a meat market featuring grass fed, give it a try it is good for the earth as well as you health!!!!!!
Cheers to Happy !!