Firstly, grass-fed meat has numerous nutritional benefits. Meat, from grass-fed animals, contains healthy fat called Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). This fat has been shown to help inhibit the growth of breast cancer and aid with healthy weight loss. If you are interested in learning more about CLA's health benefits, read David Brown's article.
Grass-fed is also much higher in omega-3s than omega-6s. Omega-3 fats have a variety of health benefits related to their anti-inflammatory properties. You need these healthy fats for a healthy heart, stable moods, good bones and to fuel your brain cells. What's more, red meat, in particular, is a great source of iron and zinc, as well as vitamin B12, A, and E. In a nutshell, if you want to boost your immune functions then eat your grass-fed meat.
My second reason is the flavour! Grass-fed meat is not only one of the best sources of protein for our bodies but also the tastiest! Being a massive grass-fed meat lover, I believe that choosing grass-fed over conventional meat from CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) is the only option.
Ruminants, like cows, are supposed to graze on grass, be nourished by sunshine and enjoy a healthy life without the need for hormones and antibiotics. Animals that are fed an unnatural diet of corn and soy are often so sick that antibiotics and hormones are routinely used to keep these animals alive.
So, would you rather consume grass-fed natural meat that tastes scrumptious and contributes to animals’ welfare, or fill your plate with the harmful products and hormones mentioned above? I think I know what your answer is ;-)
My third reason is concerned with the wellbeing of the Planet. Mono-cropping used by modern agriculture to produce vast amounts of wheat, soy and corn has slowly been destroying our ecosystem. By consuming less or no grains we are forcing positive changes, such as reversion from cropping land to a more sustainable grazing land. Ruminants’ manure acts as a natural fertilizer and gives nutrients to the soil. Healthy soil promotes biodiversity which is so important to the health of our Planet.
Now, as an educated consumer stock up on some grass-fed meat today and don’t forget to respect the animal by utilising all of its parts. Look for recipes that call not only for steak, but also for marrow, offal, liver, heart, bones and any other off-cuts you can think of. A nose-to-tail approach when it comes to meat is not only better for you and your wallet, but also for the Planet.
Izabela Your Primal Health Coach
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