Grass Fed Beef

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 2:47pm.

"You are what you eat". This statement is especially true for people with intolerances. But, as it's been revealed to me, that isn't the best way to phrase it. It should be:

"You are what what-you-eat eats".

Ever wondered what happens before that steak arrives on your plate? Even better, have you ever thought about how the history of that steak (when it had a face) affects the environment, the economy and perhaps your health? If you have some time, stop and read this long article by Michael Pollan which was published in the New York Times back in 2002.

Michael Pollan buys a calf and follows its journey from ranch, to feed lot, to slaughter. He presents a very balanced look at what happens and why throughout the course of its life: what it's fed, what it's injected with, and how it lives, providing explanations and noting influencing factors along the way.

Don't have time to read it? Ok. Figure you're not buying 'mainstream meat' so you're covered? Well, I should stop you there. There is a big difference between grass fed organic cows and natural / antibiotic free / free range meats.

"Antibiotic free" may mean only for a certain time, such as the last 4 weeks before the animal is slaughtered.

"Natural Meat" can still use pesticides and fertilizers, and there isn't any guarantee that it is completely free of GMO's (genetically modified organisms).

And technically, "Organic Meat" can still come from cows that are locked up in confined areas. So if the lifestyle of the cow you eat is important to you, keep that in mind. Research where your organic meat is coming from to find out where the cow lives. And keep in mind, you're also still getting a cow raised on grain feed.

"Grass Fed Organic" is what you imagine a cow's life should be: Moo cow hangs out in grassy fields, eating untreated grass and munching on hay in the winter.

Going back to "You are what what-you-eat eats", if you're gluten intolerant and/or you need to reduce your corn intake (or remove it entirely), you might want to seriously consider changing your shopping habits where meat is concerned. As well, if the cow you are eating has eaten grains that have mold/fungus, and if it was given antibiotics which also promote candida albicans, don't you wonder how that might affect someone who is particularly vulnerable to yeast, molds and bad bacteria in the intestines?

Other benefits to grass fed:

  • Lower in fat and calories
  • More Omega-3's
  • Healthier ratio of Omega 3's to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • More Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
  • More Vitamin E
  • Higher levels of beta-carotene

Drawbacks? Because it's leaner, it's not as tender as other beef. It is best when cooked rare or medium rare, so if you are someone that likes your beef well done, consider slowwwwly cooking it on a low temperature and make sure you've given it a bit of liquid.

Unfortunately, it's also twice as expensive as 'regular' meat you'd find in the grocery store.

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and want to order Grass Fed Beef and other nitrate-free/gluten free/organic meat products, check out Beretta Organics. If you order $150 worth of products, they will deliver it to your house.

 

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