Farm Fresh Foods throughout Florida

Eat More Bacon!

September 25th, 2014

Most of the health concerns associated with eating pork are based on factory farming practices. You should always be cautious of where your meat and dairy products are coming from, whether its pork, beef, or chicken, eggs, milk or cheese. Besides the rampant use of hormones, fillers, and substandard feed, these animals are subject to inhumane conditions, promoting the risk of disease and infection.

By choosing your meat and dairy from superior sources, such as small, local farms that practice safe and humane farming methods, you are giving your family a healthier option that’s better for you, the earth, and your karma.

The research warning us against the likes of bacon and other pork products has long been written off as pseudo-science, failing to account for other lifestyle and dietary variables like consumption of white bread, cigarette smoking, and exercise habits.

Bacon, and other animal fats, when raised on pastured farms and properly sourced, provide a host of nutrients and benefits. Bacon is primarily comprised of monounsaturated fat, mostly oleic acid – this is exactly what makes olive oil one of the most coveted of the oils (unheated, of course). Furthermore, bacon contains palmitoleic acid which is notable for its antimicrobial properties. Bacon is also a stable fat, meaning it can be heated without causing the extreme rancidity associated with heating canola, vegetable, and other oils.

The big health topics we keep hearing about are free radicals, inflammation, and antioxidants. Pork fat is rich with phosphatidylcholine which has a superior antioxidant content – even when compared to even Vitamin E. What’s more, when bacon fat is sourced from pastured pigs it also provides us with the much needed fat-soluble vitamin D – which comes directly from the pigs being free to roam around in the sun. P.S. The majority of us are deficient in Vitamin D, a vital nutrient for bone health, mood, and more. Factory farmed animals are crammed indoors, living basically on top of each other, while being fed hormones, chemicals and fillers via the likes of soy, corn meal and other grains. Their nutritional content is far inferior, not to mention the grossly inhumane living conditions.

Need another reason to eat more pastured bacon? It’s delicious!! Add it to some pastured beef and cheese for a tasty burger, enjoy it cut up with your favorite vegetable, or make a smiley face with some pastured eggs for a fun and yummy start to your day.

For more reasons to eat more bacon, check out these articles:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/03/eating-bacon.aspx

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/02/19/the-definitive-guide-to-bacon/

http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-not-to-fear-bacon

Fermented Food

September 11th, 2014

Countless autoimmune and inflammatory disease and conditions have been linked to poor gut health. Chronic fatigue syndrome, type I diabetes, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, IBS, lupus, multiple sclerosis, kidney problems and urinary conditions are among the countless illnesses that are strongly impacted by your gut bacteria. Besides the physical ailments, mood disorders and symptoms like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, hyperactivity, depressed mood, even Autism is affected.

Health and balanced gut bacteria is vital for both physical and emotional well-being. One easy way to boost your gut health is by adding fermented foods to your diet. Benefits of consuming fermented foods and drinks include:

Improved digestion

Balanced and restored gut bacteria – this can help with gluten intolerance, constipation, allergies, yeast infections, asthmas, even mood

Fermented foods are rich in enzymes that help your body break down, absorb and use nutrients

The fermenting process increases the vitamin content of your food

Consuming fermented foods boost absorption of nutrients, meaning you will require less of those expensive vitamins you’ve been taking to supplement your diet

Fermented foods and drinks are rich in probiotics. Probiotics have been found to heal many illnesses, as well as boosting digestive health and immune functioning

Fermented foods are budget friendly, and they last for months without the loss of nutrients that comes from other methods of preserving food

Enjoy a glass of Kombucha tea, garnish your meal with sauerkraut and pickles, and restore your health!

Benefits of Kombucha tea:

February 12th, 2014

Benefits of Kombucha tea include:

-Rich in antioxidants and probiotics
-Boosts immune system
-Detoxifying, anti-microbial
-Regulates blood sugar
-Improves digestion and gut health
-Helps relieve symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s diease, ulcerative colitis and related problems
-May be helpful against yeast and urinary tract infections
-Aids in relief of arthritic pain
-Can lower cholesterol

This is one of many delicious, nutrient rich items available through the farm fresh direct 2 u service. Besides treating yourself to nutritionally superior foods like kombucha tea, raw milk, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, raw honey, and more, you are supporting local farmers and ensuring that you are getting food that is healthy, delicious, and cruelty free.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/310286-kombucha-health-benefits/
http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-kombucha.html

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CLA and weight loss, muscles, cancer, heart health, and more

February 2nd, 2014

Looking to get lean, build or maintain muscle? One promising answer is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which can be found in grass-fed meat and raw dairy products from grass-fed animals such as beef, milk, butter and cottage cheese. CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to support long-term health and fitness goals including weight loss, fat burning, lean muscle building and muscle retention, even during weight loss.
Other benefits of CLA on the body include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, decreased food-induced allergic reactions, and lower cholesterol and insulin resistance. CLA is also beneficial in improving osteoporosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pleasure, and diabetes.
Furthermore, CLA enhances the immune system and fights cancer. Research has linked its cancer fighting capabilities to colorectal, lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer, with even a small addition of CLA resulting in over 50% tumor reduction.
Unfortunately, there is a deficiency of CLA in the average American diet, a trend that has risen with the obesity and cancer epidemics in recent decades – as the availability of CLA in our diets has decreased. The meat and dairy industry has shifted away from grass-fed, free-range, and natural and gone the way of feedlot systems and the addition of hormones, additives, chemicals, antibiotics, toxins, and more. Animals under these conditions are more susceptible to disease, and produce nutritionally inferior meat and dairy products, not to mention the sheer cruelty of their living conditions in many cases.
This shift has brought with it a decline in the CLA content of meat and dairy products, which research has highlighted as a serious potential factor for the rise in obesity, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Fortunately, there is a solution: grass-fed beef and raw dairy from grass-fed sources. Grass-fed meat and dairy have been found to contain three to five times more CLA than grain-fed.
So whether you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, looking to drop a few pounds, prevent or fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, are against animal cruelty, or just want to improve your health, one vital component is the addition of grass-fed beef and dairy to your diet – it’s a healthier, tastier, and humane way to optimum health. Shop farm fresh, support local, and fuel, heal and nourish your body with superior nutrition.

Resources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/23/conjugated-linoleic-acid-from-grass-fed-beef.aspx#!
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike8.htm