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Eat Fat for Heart Health?! (Hint: Must be Grass-fed)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The faulty 1950s “science” touting full-fat butter, eggs, meat, and dairy products as increasing risk of heart attack is finally being turned on its head. Since switching to a low fat, high grain diet Americans have become fatter than ever, unhealthier than ever. Science has finally caught up, and the verdict is in: eating full-fat grass-fed dairy products is better for your health. One of the main reasons for this is that grass-fed dairy products have up to 5 times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a highly protective that when consumed from grass-fed sources will be absorbed and store in the body’s tissues.

Furthermore, 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, enhancing the immune system, and fighting 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.

A recent study of over 3,500 people linked CLA tissue levels with decreased risk of heart attack – by an astounding 50%.

What’s more, grass-fed beef, butter and dairy have been found to have countless nutritional differences compared to feedlot sourced foods, including:

  • Lower in artery clogging saturated fat, and higher in healthy unsaturated fat
  • Lower in total 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 beta-carotene
  • Higher in vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  • Higher in antioxidants

Go ahead and enjoy some delicious grass-fed butter, eggs, yogurt, beef – good for the taste buds, and good for the heart!

The Grass-fed Movement: A Return to Traditional Farming

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The past few decades have seen a growing number of local farmers returning to the old ways. Ranchers and local farmers are opting to keep their animals home on the range, allowing them to forage on pasture instead of being sent to feedlots where they are fattened up on GMO grain and soy, fed antibiotics (which is adding to our own antibiotic resistance), and forced to live under the worst of conditions. Besides being cruel and inhumane, factory farming leads to incredible environmental degradation, and yields food that is subpar in nutrient quality.

By allowing animals to roam on pasture consuming their native diet, we are not only freeing them from the cruelty of factory farming, but we are supporting local famers and businesses as well.

Furthermore, grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy products are much healthier. Compared with feedlot meat, grass-fed meat has less cholesterol, saturated fat, and total fat, and more vitamins and nutrients. Grass-fed foods have been found to be higher in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B, C, D, E and K, beta-carotene, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and more.

When you choose grass-fed you are choosing health, animal welfare, and local business. You are supporting the small-scale farmer, the environment, and your family’s health and nutrition. Visit farmfreshdirect2u.com for a selection of grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy as well as organic produce, kombucha tea, healthy snacks, and other locally sourced foods.