Farm fresh Orlando: Eat more cheese
For years we have seen a shift towards low fat diets, yet we are more obese as a nation than ever before. We are deficient in calcium, vitamin d, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vital nutrients. Cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and countless other illnesses are the norm, not the exception. We have stopped eating real food, depriving ourselves of valuable nutrients and optimum health for the sake of quick and easy, low-fat, fad diets, quick “fixes,” bad “science,” and the like.
Our culture yo-yo diets, alternating between eating entire boxes of low calorie diet treats and restricting ourselves to egg whites and fake, low fat products with a paragraph or more worth of chemicals in the ingredients list – most of which we cannot pronounce let alone identify. This clearly isn’t working for us. Recent and emerging research backs this up.
Real food – as opposed to boxes full of chemical laden “stuff” – is naturally satiating because it is full of nutrients and fats that are communicating. Real food provides essential nutrients like tryptophan, phenylalanine, choline, folic acid, b vitamins, and more that work with the brain to trigger neurotransmitters to release serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and acetylcholine.
Problems with memory? Learning? Appetite? Motivation? Alertness? Concentration? Body Temperature? Blood Pressure? Osteoporosis? Heart problems? Want to lose weight? Eat more real food, eat more dairy.
The bottom line is this: healthy fats are good for you. Dairy is good for you. Dairy is an abundant source of protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12, potassium, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, and healthy fat, leaving you feeling more satisfied after eating it. Eating more dairy, including cheese, milk, and yogurt, has been linked with reduced belly fat, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and weight loss. Unfortunately, not all dairy is created equal.
Commercial dairy products are laden with hormones, antibiotics, and omega-6s (bad fat), and lower in vitamins and nutrients than farm fresh grass-fed dairy products. Thankfully there is an alternative: raw, grass-fed dairy. There is an increasingly popular movement in this direction across the nation, Orlando and surrounding Central Florida areas have seen a rise in supply and demand as consumers become more aware of the health benefits of going farm fresh as opposed to commercially produced.
Grass-fed raw dairy is richer in vitamins, nutrients, “good” fats, antioxidants, vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA has been linked with decreased risk of breast cancer; ““switching from grain-fed to grassfed meat and dairy products places women in this lowest risk category.” Furthermore, because of the CLA content, consuming full-fat dairy products – provided they are from grass-fed (farm fresh) not grain-fed (commercially produced) sources – is associated with decreased risk of heart attack and cancer. Grass-fed cheese is has four times as much CLA than grain-fed cows. The verdict: skip mass produced and go farm fresh. Skip the low fat, diet, fake, boxed chemicals and go for real, raw, farm fresh, natural, honest to goodness FOOD. Now that’s a New Year’s Resolution worth making.
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