An entire generation has grown up with the idea that beef and saturated fat are bad things for your health and should be minimized, even eliminated from your diet. Nothing can be further from the truth!
This short blog post can’t cover all of the recent research and explain why saturated fat mistakenly took the fall decades ago for the rising rate of heart disease in America. But the real culprit behind the obesity epidemic and the ever-increasing rate of heart disease is carbohydrates. Yes, the dreaded CARBS are making you fat and making you sick. But, once again, that’s for another post…
Saturated fat is healthy and essential, and organic grass fed beef provides a natural, well balanced source of this necessary nutrient. Organic grass fed beef is also a wonderful source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and, of course, protein.
Some of the other benefits of organic grass fed beef include:
- The meat is free of hormones and antibiotics.
- The cows are always free-range pastured, free of confinement.
- It’s healthier for the environment because expanding grasslands causes soil erosion to decrease.
- Organic grass fed beef is safer to consume. It routinely tests lower for E.coli, and mad cow disease is not found in organic grass fed beef.
- It tastes better than grain-fed, hormone-injected, antibiotic-filled mass market beef.
Why organic? Certified organic beef promises to be free of chemical additives, including growth hormones, antibiotics, antimicrobials and beta-agonists, which is another category of growth-promoting drug frequently fed to cattle. While most grass fed beef is organic, even if not stated on the package, it’s healthiest to go with a brand that is certified organic. If you’re buying from a local farm that doesn’t label their grass fed beef as organic, just ask questions. If the beef meets the criteria of organic, it’s as good as the certified stuff!
Beware of beef labeled as “natural.” This is an unregulated term. Beef labeled simply as natural can be raised with grains, antibiotics, and hormones. “Natural” beef can even come from cows that have been confined.
Organic grass fed beef may not be as hard to find as you think. Whole Foods, a national chain of health food stores, should always have a good supply. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, they carry organic grass fed ground beef. Trader Joe’s used to have steaks as well, but I haven’t found them there in a couple of years. Also check with local health food stores. If they don’t carry organic grass fed beef, they might be able to tell you where to buy it locally. If you live in an area where cows are raised, you might even be able to go farm direct.
If you can’t find organic grass feed beef locally or if you want the ultimate in quality and convenience, you can always order from US Wellness Meats. They’ve got a great product and excellent service.
I hope you give organic grass fed beef a try, both for your health and for your taste buds. Enjoy!