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Eat More Bacon!

Thursday, 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:

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.

Vitamin D and Grass-fed Foods

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

American Kids Need

More Vitamin D?

Two recent studies found that millions of U.S. children have extremely low levels of vitamin D. Lack of this important nutrient weakens the immune system, putting kids at increased risk for infections like colds and flu, as well as osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and other health problems as they get older.

Vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium, which is necessary for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones.

While some experts recommend using vitamin D supplements, others believe the natural approach works best. Vitamin-fortified foods, such as cereals and breads, and pill supplements can contain artificial ingredients, which aren’t always recognized or absorbed easily by the body. Over-supplementation is also an unhealthy possibility.

So if you really want to protect your kids from the swine flu and other infectious illnesses, feed them vitamin D-rich foods and make sure they spend enough time outdoors in the sunshine to let their young bodies make vitamin D (experts say about 20 minutes several times a week without sunscreen).

Good vitamin D food sources include some types of fish such as salmon, raw whole milk products (as pasteurization reduces vitamin D), farm fresh pastured eggs and grass-fed beef. If you must supplement, use high-quality cod liver oil.

You may even want to have your children’s vitamin D levels tested so you’ll have an idea of where they stand.