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Organic Grass Fed Beef
Why is eating beef bad for us ?
Growing up in Central part of Wisconsin I was raised to eat a lot of red or processed meat. My favorite meal would consist of a large porterhouse steak cooked on a wood fired grill or a nice slab of prime rib of beef. But as I get older and I am trying to take better care of myself and especially my health. I am finding that eating all this meat is not good for my body, my brain or any part of my health. I am finding that much of the beef that we purchase at the local grocery store or eat at the local restaurant is extremely terrible for our bodies.
Red meat causes many damages to the body, one that I found which was very important to me was that beef consist of a compound called carnitine which causes atherosclerosis (the hardening or clogging of the arteries. Another disease that is caused from eating to much red meat is Type 2 diabetes. According to a report releases by JAMA Internal Medicine eating red or processed meat over time will lead to Type 2 diabetes. Then the disease that scares me the most since it runs in my family history is that consuming red meat or processed meat raises the iron levels in the body which can contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Now I am not saying to stop eating red meat and turn into a vegetarian, but I am saying that it would be wise to switch from store bought meat and purchase meat that is organic grass fed. As you read this article you will see why it is best to make this switch and try to purchase meat that is organic and grass fed.
Grass Fed Beef
Grass fed beef generally comes from cattle that are free to graze in pasture lands and not confined in tight over crowded unsanitary conditions. These animals are free to eat the grasses of the pasture land and not put in feed lots and fed garbage, soy based products and and other forms of supplements and hormones.
Since the 1990's more and more cattle ranchers are turning back to this traditional way of cattle farming. This way of farming was the way farming was done back in early times before foods were processed and fast food chains took over our lives. Society is waking up to find that confinement farming, processed foods and fast food is not healthy for our bodies and more and more people are turning to purchase organic foods and grass fed beef products.
Cattle Feedlot Farming and Slaughter Houses
Feedlots are used to herd large groups of cattle usually thousands of head of cattle to fatten them up before sending them to the slaughterhouse to be processed. Many of the conditions of these feedlots are unsanitary, in-humane, and have many health issues such as the spread of mad cow disease and many other diseases.
The cattle are forced to eat all sorts of unnatural foods such as garbage, cheap by products, and other sorts of unnatural feeds that the cattle are not used too. With all this low cost cheap products that are forced on the cattle to eat, this is getting passed on to you and I when we eat that hamburger or steak that we bought at the supermarket or restaurant.
Because these animals live in such nasty overcrowded conditions, the animals are fed antibiotics and other drugs to help fight off diseases. The issue is that you and I also ingest these drugs into our system each time we eat a piece of meat. It is not healthy for us to be ingesting all these antibiotics that our boy does not need. It is causing additional health concerns and health issues in our society that we need to do something about.
Now lets take a look at the problems taking place in these large scale slaughter houses that process the meat that you and I eat.
When the cattle is sent to the slaughter houses there are many many cattle getting processed at the same time. One huge issue that both you and I have heard about is E. Coli contaminated meat. E. coli is an extreme disease that can spread from the meat of one cow to the meat of another cow without being caught or recognized. These E.Coli outbreaks happen when bacteria is transferred at some stage of the process to the meat before it is packaged and sent to the market to be sold. It is said that close to 50 percent of meat that has been packaged has tested for some sort of fecal matter which causes E.Coli.
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Organic Grass-Fed Beef Industry
So we look to other beef that we can eat that is healthier for us and we find organic grass-fed beef. It has been said and published that organic grass-fed beef is much leaner and more beneficial than other forms of beef on the market.
With this form of beef being leaner it is said that each once of beef has 15 fewer calories than a grain-fed animal. Also the grass-fed meat has more beneficial vitamins such as omega-3, omega-6, vitamin A, and beta carotene.
With organic grass-fed beef you can rest assured that you will not be ingesting any more antibiotics, growth hormones, garbage, fecal matter, manure, and other by products that are being fed to grain-fed cattle.
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Grass Fed Products
The American Grassfed Association (AGA) defines grass-fed as:
"The AGA defines grass-fed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats and sheep, as those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from their birth till harvest."