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Grass-fed vs Feedlot/Factory Farmed

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
  • Eating grass-fed meats improves fat levels, including increasing blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing levels of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. Such changes have been linked with decreased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease, depression, and countless other issues.
  • Beef from feedlots/factory farms is 3 times more likely to have bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics – and more bacteria overall – as compared to sustainably raised grass-fed cows.
  • How to tell a grass-fed/pastured egg from a factory farmed one? Crack an egg in a pan of slowly simmering water – pastured eggs have a thick egg that clings to the yolk, whereas factory farmed eggs have thin egg whites that spread out into the water.
  • Grass-fed butter is naturally softer than factory farmed butter; the firmness of butter is dependent on its ration of saturated to unsaturated fat. Grass-fed butter contains less artery clogging saturated fat, and more healthy unsaturated fat, as well as significantly more cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and other nutrients.
  • Allowing animals to graze in the fresh air leads to roughly 30% less ammonia being released into the air as compared to factory farmed animals. Furthermore, by pasturing animals cuts greenhouse gas emission compared to factory farming, including methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide. The carbon footprint of pastured dairy is 6% lower than factory farmed dairy. Besides that, dairy from grass-fed sources is much higher in nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B, C, D, E and K, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
  • Factory farmed pork and bacon products contain four times as much antibiotics as cow products, though overall antibiotic use in factory farmed meat is on the rise – roughly 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used on our livestock.
  • Grass-fed farming is significantly better for the environment than factory farming. It has been found that a well-maintained pasture can draw greenhouse gases out of the air and store them in the soil where they can then fuel plant growth. Feedlots/factory farming is just bare dirt and manure, so instead of being absorbed and used for living plants they emit the gases into the air.
  • Eating raw milk yogurt yields increased calcium absorption compared to pasteurized yogurt
  • Consuming raw milk from grass-fed sources has been linked with a lower rate of asthma and allergies compared to factory farmed, pasteurized milk
  • Pastured eggs are higher in lutein and zeaxanthin, which protects your eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts.

Grass-fed Beef

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Facts about grass-fed beef that you may not have known:

  • Easier to digest
  • Doesn’t contribute to inflammation
  • Lower in total fat
  • Lower in artery clogging saturated fat, and higher in healthy unsaturated fat
  • Lower in cholesterol
  • 5 times higher CLA content – cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid
  • Higher omega-3 content plus a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
  • Higher in vitamins D, which is protective against cancer and depression, as well as a natural immune system booster
  • Higher in vitamin A which is good for vision, skin, and a healthy immune system
  • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in the minerals calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium
  • Higher in antioxidants
  • Grass-fed farming is better for the environment, it protects top soil and prevent erosion, plus carbon emissions are minimal compared to feedlots because the manure goes to fertilize plant growth is your source for sustainably farmed grass-fed beef including brisket, flank steak, sirloin tip steak, ribeye, ground beef, flat iron steak, porterhouse steak, tenderloins, shoulder roast, London broil roast, and countless other tasty dinner options.