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Why Grass-fed & Pastured Is Better: Part II

March 11th, 2015

Grass-fed and pastured food is infinitely more nutritious than feedlot, caged and factory raised.

Grass-fed/Pastured Compared to Caged/Feedlot/Factory Raised:

*Beef –lower in total fat, saturated fat, calories and cholesterol; higher in vitamins C and E, thiamin, riboflavin, conjugated linoleic acid, omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) calcium, magnesium, potassium and beta carotene.

*Chicken – higher in Vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids, lower in fat

*Eggs – at least 2xs higher in omega 3 fatty acids, 3-6xs more vitamin D, 2/3 more vitamin A, higher in folic acid and vitamin B12, and 7xs more beta carotene; 1/3 lower in cholesterol, ¼ lower in saturated fat; the yolks are the richest known source of the antioxidant vitamins lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential to eye health – the deeper the yellow-orange of the yolks, the of these nutrients and eye protection offered – crack open a factory farmed egg and a pastured one and see the difference for yourself

*Milk – Up to 5xs more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), higher in vitamins and antioxidants, lower in “bad” fats” and higher in “good fats,” and natural probiotic and enzyme activity (many people who are “lactose intolerant” find this only applies to factory processed milk, not pastured raw milk)

*Cheese – 4xs higher in CLA and richer in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and other nutrients

*Butter – higher in vitamins A, E, beta-carotene and CLA – the naturally golden color is a clear indicator of its superior nutritional content

Food for Thought:

*CLA – conjugated linoleic acid is associated with a 50% lower risk of heart attack, healthier weight, and has cancer-fighting properties as well

*Vitamin D – research links vitamin D with strong bones, improved mood, lower blood pressure, enhanced immune system, and lower risks of some autoimmune disorders. It may also combat cancer

*Researched has linked vitamin E with lower risks of cancer and heart disease, as well as anti-aging

*Grass-fed animals are much less likely to transmit E. Coli

*Store-bought eggs that say “certified organic” or “uncaged” or “Gree-range” or “all-vegetarian” is not a guarantee that the hens were pastured. Furthermore, chickens are NOT vegetarians. The superior nutritional content of truly pastured eggs comes from a combination of eating fresh greens and bugs, as well as soaking in sunlight.

*Grass-fed has a healthier ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids – omega 6 fatty acids when consumed in the high levels that have become typical of the American diet are linked with obesity, diabetes, cancer and a host of inflammatory diseases. Grain fed animals are a major source of omega 6 fatty acids, as are vegetable oils like corn, safflower and cottonseed (not olive).

Eat for Health:

Most Americans are deficient in vitamin D, E, CLA, Omega 3 fatty acids, and countless other nutrients that we COULD and SHOULD be getting from our food. This is largely because the typical American diet of factory and feedlot raised animals along with processed chemicals is deficient in these and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Eat real food, choose grass-fed sources, and viola – good health becomes easy, and delicious!

Why Grass-fed & Pastured Is Better: Part I

March 6th, 2015

There is a growing resurgence of small farming as people are becoming increasingly concerned about factory-raised food. The grain, soy, antibiotics, pesticides, GMOs, and other dangers of feedlot-raised animals are taking their toll, in a number of ways. The benefits of traditional food and farming are undeniable; the nutritional content of pastured and grass-fed versus factory and feedlot farms is incomparable, not to mention the humanity of the farming practices.

Reasons to Choose Grass-fed/Pastured from Local Farmers over Factory/Feedlot-raised:

Karma – Animals that are free to forage on pasture and enjoy their native diet without overcrowding, over-milking, antibiotics and other drugs, living an infinitely more humane, healthy, and low-stress life than their factory counterparts. These animals are not meant to eat starchy, low fiber grains like the grain and soy fillers they are fed. As a result, many of them to succumb to painful health conditions, and are then given chemical additives and antibiotics that are so overused that bacteria are becoming resistant to them – and we are becoming increasingly antibiotic resistant from eating them.

Supporting Local Business Instead of Big Corporations – We are seeing a wonderful return to the days where we actually knew where our food came from, where we knew the farmers who raised and planted and harvested the meals we shared with our families. By supporting them, we are putting our dollar in the pockets of hard-working Americans instead of greedy, faceless corporations.

Tastier – Have you ever tasted a pastured egg? It is plump and delicious, not like the flat, runny factory raised eggs. Besides being tastier, it is more filling due to the higher nutrient content. What about a bowl of farm fresh yogurt with organic blueberries picked fresh from the garden? Or a hearty dinner of grass-fed beef and garden fresh greens? It’s the kind of meal that leaves you speechless, unable to tear your focus away from the sheer delight of every tender morsel of real food.

Environmentally Friendly – The highly mechanized operations of factory farming creates air, water, and land pollution that you don’t get with small scale family farming. Furthermore, caged and feedlot raised animals deposit a large amount of manure in a very small space, which is then collected and dumped. The surrounding soil ends up overloaded, further contributing to ground and water pollution. Pastured animals, on the other hand, spread their manure over a wide area of land where it acts as a source of organic fertilizer instead of a waste problem.

Nutrition Benefits – Grass-fed meat is lower in total fat, saturated fat, calories and cholesterol compared to feedlot meat. It is also higher in vitamins C and E, conjugated linoleic acid, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium and beta carotene. Pastured eggs are higher in omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and D, and beta carotene, and are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. Their feedlot counterparts are not only nutritionally inferior, but also come chock full of antibiotics, chemicals, and other dangers.

Learn more next week when we explore the nutritional differences of our favorite grass-fed meats, pastured dairy, and other farm fresh food.

Lose Weight, Boost Mood and Memory, Improve Health with Grass-Fed

February 11th, 2015

Reasons why hormone-free, chemical-free, GMO-free, pastured and grass-fed farm raised foods are better for your health, and how to boost mood, memory and weight loss efforts:

Eating choline-rish pastured eggs boosts acetylcholine which impacts mood, focus, and memory. Pastured eggs are also a natural source of vital omega 3 fatty acids.

Consuming grass-fed milk, yogurt and cheese aids the body in producing norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation, concentration, and alertness as well as memory formation and storage. Furthermore, sugar and wheat cause cravings, whereas increasing your consumption of nutrient-rich healthy fats and protein from grass-fed sources will have a more satiating effect while benefiting overall mood and cognition.

Grass-fed cheese, pastured butter, raw milk and cottage cheese have been found to be excellent sources of conjugated linoleic acid (cla). CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to promote long term weight loss, fat burning, and lean muscle building and retention, as well as increased metabolic rate. CLA has also been found to help against inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, food-induced allergic reactions, and even improves the immune system as well as insulin resistance.

Eating a cup of cooked, organic spinach will aid your body in making use of essential amino acids. Spinach is rich in folic acid, which has been found to help your body better synthesize both serotonin and norepinephrine. Studies have linked folic acid deficiency with depression.

Boost serotonin with trytophain-rish grass-fed meats and pastured cottage cheese, free from antibiotics, chemicals, and GMOs. Serotonin is a vital neurotransmitter for learning, good mood, healthy sleep, and memory. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, aggressive behavior, and insomnia.

Consuming probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods helps with digestive health as well as mood and brain functioning. By restoring proper gut balance, your body can better digest and utilize the key nutrients responsible for optimal neurotransmitter functioning.

By choosing grass-fed, pastured sources for your meat, chicken, eggs, milk cheese, yogurt, and kefir, you are providing your body with a higher source of nutrients without the dangers of GMOs, pesticides, and chemicals. Besides being more filling and satiating, grass-fed foods typically have 2-5 times the content of essential nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamins A, E, D, B12, folic acid, beta carotene,  and more.

Health & Taste Challenge: Try 2 farm fresh, pastured eggs and compare them to 2 factory eggs from the store. The pastured eggs are plumper, tastier, and infinitely more filling and nutritious – it would take 2-4 factory eggs to get the nutrient content and satiation of only 1 pastured egg!

The Truth About Raw Milk: Superfood

January 15th, 2015

Weston A. Price Foundation: The literature implicating raw milk in food borne illness exhibits a systematic bias against this food. In many cases, this bias is not intentional, but is a product of sloppy scientific principles…. It appears that most investigators are thoroughly convinced that raw milk poses a major threat to public health, and thus they often rush to judgment to implicate raw milk even when the science is not fully supportive.”

It’s your body, what would you like to feed it?

Raw milk, unprocessed, unpasteurized, untreated, chockfull of nutrients and delicious taste – as nature intended.

Or…

The milk you buy from the grocery store is pasteurized or homogenized. It is heated to prolong shelf life and to remove bacteria – including the naturally occurring beneficial bacteria that is so crucial to our gut health, mood, and overall wellness. This makes it harder for the body to digest –  in fact, many people who believed themselves to be lactose intolerant find that they fully tolerate raw milk with its natural abundance of digestive enzymes and probiotics. Furthermore, the pasteurization process also decreases the vitamin and nutrient content in milk, including copper, iron, essential fatty acids, and enzymes, while also making it more difficult for the body to digest and utilize the remaining nutrients.

The true issue is that factory-farmed milk is not safe unless it is pasteurized to remove dangerous pathogens and bacteria. Their unnatural high soy and corn based diet, BGH (bovine growth hormone), and inordinate amount of antibiotics as a result of their diet and inhumane living conditions is what necessitates the pasteurization process in the first place. What’s more, milk from factory farms has been linked with increased infection, eczema, asthma, allergies, nasal congestion, lactose intolerance and digestive issues.

Raw milk farmed from humanely raised, healthy cows that are able to graze the fields and feed on their natural diet produce is in a class of its own. Raw milk has actually been linked to decreased food allergies as well as improved immune system and digestive functioning.

Raw milk is nutrient rich, full of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and nutrients including all of the essential amino acids, over 60 enzymes, probiotics, and even conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been shown improve  muscle, insulin resistance, heart health, and allergies, as well as enhance the immune system and help the body fight cancer.

Countless studies have linked the consumption of raw milk from healthy cows to improving everything from cancer and digestive issues to obesity and chronic fatigue. It is truly a superfood, and a delicious one at that.

*Raw milk is sold as pet food in the state of Florida, not for human consumption.

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2014

Guest Post from Flourish Nutrition Centre:

Here are some simple substitutions to make your Thanksgiving meal even more delicious – and a little bit more nutritious:

  • Eat the protein, veggies, and healthy fats first to fill up your stomach, then go for the sweet and carb-ridden items
  • Choose organic wherever possible – especially with turkey, apples, potatoes, and other fruits and veggies that don’t have a protective skin. This is the best way to ensure higher nutrient content without the added dangers of antibiotics and fillers, pesticides, GMOs and chemicals
  • Substitute white sugar with raw honey and enjoy the anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits along with delicious taste
  • Skip the runny, flat, tasteless factory eggs and try a plump, nutrient-rich pastured egg instead – more flavor, more filling, and naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin A, E, D, B12, and folic acid, and is lower in saturated fat
  • Opt for grass-fed butter in your mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pies, and more – it’s chock full of CLA, rich flavor, and the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Stomach hurting after indulging in that 3rd piece of pie? Try some sauerkraut or another probiotic-rich fermented food to promote healthy digestion and restore gut health.
Bonus tip:
Wheat and refined sugars wreak havoc on the body, throwing off your gut health, ph levels, appetite, and even mood and cognition.
How can you bounce back faster after a post-holiday food hangover?
Instead of reaching for a helping of leftover pumpkin pie or going on a drastic starvation diet, try these simple solutions to restore balance in the body:
  • Eat lots of greens to rebalance ph levels and minimize sugar cravings
  • Eat fermented foods to restore gut health – and mood
  • Eat healthy fats like avocado, pastured butter, and coconut oil to keep your hunger satiated