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What’s for Dinner: Grass-fed Lamb

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Looking to mix things up while providing your body a nutrient boost? Consider a tasty meal of grass-fed lamb chops.

Similar to grass-fed chicken and grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb is higher in nutrients and lower in fat than their factory farmed, grain-fed counterparts. Other benefits include:

  • Grass-fed lamb is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 8 essential amino acids
  • Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of niacin, zinc, iron, selenium, and B vitamins
  • Grass-fed lamb is one of the richest food sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – which has been linked to improvements in immune function, blood sugar regulation, bone mass, and inflammatory function as well as reduced body fat, enhanced lean muscle building, and even cancer prevention.
  • Grass-fed lamb is an excellent source of omega-3 fats and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA – the basic building block for omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Grass-fed lamb is a staple in Mediterranean diets, which have been linked with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease
  • Roughly 40% of the fat in grass-fed lamb comes from oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat which has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease

Note: When cooking your grass-fed lamb, treat it like a very expensive cut of beef and don’t overcook it. To enjoy a moist and tender meal, the lamb should be pink on the inside when served. Shoulder cuts are good for stew, shank/breast is best braised, lamb chops or rack of lamb are best when roasted or quick broiled, and ground lamb is best when sautéed.

Grass-fed Cheese

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Convenient, delicious, and chockfull of calcium and healthy fats, grass-fed dairy cheese is the perfect snack. What makes grass-fed dairy cheese better than conventional store-bought cheese? Why the price different between the two – and is it worth it? Yes, and here’s why:

Grass-fed cheese is free from GMO’s, synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

Grass-fed cows lives a more humane life, raised according to USDA organic standards.

Grass-fed cows have a lower incidence of contagious illnesses. They are farmed without antibiotics and rBGH, and their living conditions allow for a much safer yield. Factory farmed cows are highly susceptible to Salmonella, e. coli, and all of the chemicals they are exposed to, i.e. rBGH, pesticides, herbicides, GMO’s, antibiotics, plus their sub-standard living conditions increase the risk of cancer and other illnesses.

Grass-fed cheese is free from growth hormones (rBGH) – rBGH produces a chemical that has been linked with incidence of breast cancer. It also causes painful mastitis and other problems in cows – which are then treated with antibiotics.

Grass-fed cheese is free from antibiotics. Conventional factory raised cows live in crowded, filthy living conditions which necessitate the use of antibiotics to manage the rampant illness. These issues don’t apply to grass-fed cows, who live an infinitely more humane life in clean living conditions.

Grain-fed cows are more susceptible to E. Coli outbreaks, as their digestive systems were not developed to digest grains, but grass. As grain was introduced to their diet, their stomach pH became more acidic and their gut bacteria became imbalance, allowing acid-resistant bacteria to grow. This imbalance makes them more susceptible to E. coli food poisoning, which can then be passed to humans when they drink the tainted milk.

Grass-fed dairy is more nutrient rich, with a bigger diversity of nutrients as well as higher concentrations including vitamins A, D, and B-12, as well as phytonutrients, antioxidants, calcium, protein, and other vitamins and minerals.

Grass-fed dairy is higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a highly beneficial fatty acid that has been linked to cancer prevention, lower risk of heart attack, decreased body fat, and increased lean muscle building.

Grass-fed dairy is higher in omega 3 fatty acids, and has an ideal omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. Omega 3 fatty acids are good for your heart and brain, and proper balance between omega 3 and omega 6 is essential. Most Americans have too much omega 6 and/or not enough omega 3, which is related to countless health problems.

Grass-fed dairy cheese tastes better. It’s real food, pure and simple, the way our grandparents enjoyed it. My personal favorite is the Cut Raw Colby from Wainwright Dairy in Live Oak, FL