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Butter is a Health Food – Good for the Heart & Healthy Weight

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

We’ve been eating butter for thousands of years, long before the heart disease epidemic that began in the 1920s and 1930s – and has risen to be today’s leading cause of death.

Despite them being staples in our diet for centuries, the cause was attributed to foods like meat, butter, and eggs. Over the past 50-60 years, we have been told to limit these foods. Grocery store shelves have increasingly been filled with low-fat, fat-free, and light “foods” – which have been filled with sugars, chemicals and additives to improve the taste after removing the fat. Aisle and after aisle is filled with chemical-laden, processed, sugar-filled (real and fake) substances. There is added sugar in most peanut butter, there is wheat in soy sauce, there is food coloring in snacks aimed at children.

We removed/limited meat, eggs, and butter, and increased sugar, wheat, grains, chemicals, processing, factory farming, and low-fat/fat-free “foods.”
The result?

Heart disease has risen, as have diabetes, childhood and adult obesity, and countless other health problems.
It has taken decades of rising disease epidemics, but science and medicine are finally starting to realize that blaming new health problems on the centuries-old traditional diet simply does not make sense.

Natural foods like grass-fed meats, butter, and eggs are not the problem – they are not the cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc. – sugar, wheat, chemicals, and factory farming are.

Sugar and wheat are addictive; they wreak havoc on the body, including digestive health, mood and cognition, and blood sugar.
Factory farming is not only cruel and inhumane, but the diets and living conditions yield a significantly inferior product, i.e. lower in nutrients, as well as ridden with antibiotics.

Food coloring has been linked with issues ranging from mood and attention to impulsivity and aggression.
Many food additives and chemicals are designed to trick your body’s hunger, addiction, and satiation cues so that you overeat. Nevermind the difficulty your body has in processing them.

Natural foods, on the other hand, provide nourishment. Grass-fed meat, butter, and eggs have 3-5xs the nutrients of factory-farmed foods. Furthermore, the saturated fat-cholesterol-heart disease link has been refuted, debunked, turned on its head. In fact, the saturated fats in foods like these have actually been shown to IMPROVE blood lipid levels – both raising HDL (“good” cholesterol) and changing LDL (“bad” cholesterol”) into Large HDL. What does this translate into? Lower risks of heart disease.

What’s more, grass-fed butter is chock full of Vitamin K2, a vital nutrient that de-calcifies your arteries. Most people have never heard of Vitamin K, but as local farms and the grass-fed movement rises, we are rediscovering the benefits of this vital nutrient.

The best foods sources of Vitamin K2 are high-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows. Besides dramatically reducing the risk of heart disease, consuming this nutrient also reduces the risk of osteoporosis, as it partly prevents the process of calcium leaching out of the bones and into the arteries.

Furthermore, eating high healthy fats such as grass-fed meat, butter, and pastured eggs has been linked with a reduced risk of obesity.
The verdict? Eat more grass-fed butter, eggs, meat, and dairy. Limit processed, low-fat, fat-free, diet, sugar, wheat, fake sugar, chemicals, additives, food coloring, etc. See how much your health improves.

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Nutritional Value of Grass-fed & Pastured Foods

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words. See for yourself – pastured and grass-fed foods including pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, chicken, cheese, raw milk, pastured butter, grass-fed chicken, etc. are significantly higher in essential nutrients like CLA, Vitamin E, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

We’ve spotlighted the benefits of CLA in earlier blog articles, detailing its role in weight loss and lean muscle building and retention, cancer prevention, and countless other benefits.

Now we are going to spotlight another super-nutrient: Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Research has found that Omega 3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to the following:

Heart Health

Cholesterol Triglyceride Levels

Children’s Learning & Behavior

Short Bowel Syndrome in Children

Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke

Retinal and Brain Development in Infants

General Brain Function, Including Memory and Parkinson’s Disease

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder – ADHD

Autoimmune Disorders, e.g. Lupus, Nephropathy

Osteoporosis

Crohn’s Disease

Certain Types of Cancer Including Breast, Colon and Prostrate

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Depression

Asthma

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

As with most nutrients, whole foods are the optimal source. Fish and nuts aren’t the only food source of omega 3 fatty acids. Grass-fed animals have 2-4xs the omega 3 fatty acid content as their grain-fed counterparts, with the added benefit of being lower in fat and calories.

Sources: Facts & Photos

www.americangrassfedbeef.com

eatwild.com

foodgraphs.net

providencefarmallnatural.com

Mercola.com

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

Wednesday, 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!

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Monday, 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

The Incredible, Edible Egg

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Farm Fresh Pastured Egg (brown) vs Factory Egg (white)

Pasture Eggs vs Factory Eggs

Trouble sleeping? Feeling foggy? Bad Mood?
Eat an egg. Or two. Eggs are a superfood, providing building blocks for healthy neurotransmitter functioning including boosting serotonin, dopamine,   nor- epinephrine, epinephrine and acetylcholine levels in the brain while providing a host of essential nutrients.
Rich in protein, eggs are high in tryptophan which is involved in the production of serotonin, the “feel-good hormone.” Low levels of tryptophan (and thus, serotonin) are associated with depression, insomnia, weight gain, and other health issues. Increasing your intake of eggs boosts tryptophan which in turn increases serotonin. This boost brings with it a natural uplifting of mood and improvements in sleep, mood regulation, and overall feelings of well-being.
Eggs are also high in tyrosine which is involved in the production of dopamine, nor- epinephrine and epinephrine. Why is this important? These neurotransmitters are responsible for mental alertness and activity, energy, cognition, concentration, motivation and memory creation and storage. Tyrosine is also crucial to the production of thyroid hormones.
Egg yolks are an abundant source of choline, which is vital to the metabolism of fat. Choline is the building block for acetylcholine which is vital for concentration, memory storage and recall, focus, muscle coordination, thought and cognition.
Furthermore, research has confirmed that eggs do not in fact raise cholesterol and are part of a heart-healthy diet. The yolks are a healthy fat, providing countless vital nutrients to the brain and heart, including lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants associated with improving vision and eye health.
There’s just one catch: if you want the full benefit of nutrients and health, opt for pastured or free-range eggs. Also opt for raw as much as possible, as cooking (especially microwaving) destroys many of the nutrients. Besides providing a superior source of nutrients, pastured/free-range eggs have a significantly lower risk of contamination by disease-causing bacteria than their caged counterparts.
Other benefits to pastured eggs are that the hens live a more humane life, free to roam instead of being confined and jam-packed into cages. More time in the sun leads to increased vitamin d, and being free to eat a more natural, varied diet, i.e. more protein and nutrients as opposed to grain, soy, corn, additives, hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics, leads to nutritionally superior eggs.
In fact, studies have shown far higher nutrient content in grass-fed, pastured eggs than factory eggs, including:

-two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids
-10% less fat; 25% less satured fat
-40-70% more vitamin A
-34% less cholesterol
-3 times more vitamin E
-7 times more beta carotene
-three to six times more vitamin D
-70% more vitamin B12
-50% more folic acid

Pastured eggs are richer in color, plumper, thicker, and tastier than their factory counterparts. This is truly a case of you get what you pay for; pastured eggs are nutrient dense, tastier, and far more humane than factory eggs which are provide far less nutritional value and taste, and are raised in deplorable conditions. “You’d have to eat 5 supermarket eggs to get the same amount of vitamin D from one pastured egg.”

The bottom line: shop farm fresh, support local, and know that you’re getting the healthiest, nutritionally superior foods procured under humane and healthy conditions. That’s good for the body, the mind and the soul.

This is precisely what Dr. Steve Moreau has done for you as part of his service making farm fresh grass-fed, pastured, nutritionally (and ethically) superior food available in Central Florida. He offers pastured eggs with no growth hormones, antibiotics or chemicals, which he assures as such after his own personal inspection of local farms. His service supports local farmers while providing a variety of healthy and humanely produced eggs, meats, dairy, greens, and other farm fresh, grass-fed, pastured, and nutrient dense foods for convenient purchase from one of several Central Florida locations.