It's Easy to Understand
Why Grass Fed Beef is Great for You.
Grass fed beef
is great for your health and the environment. Let's look
at the science behind grass fed beef. It has already been
proven with many studies and years of research, that it
is not only great for you, but also safe too.
Grass fed beef is:
Mad cow disease free.
High in Omega 3 fatty acids.
Has the right balance between Omega 3s and Omega
6s to keep you healthy.
There is a lot
of science that shows why grain fed beef is not as healthy.
Did you know that by eating grain fed beef, you
are at risk for eating mad cow diseased meat?
Did you know that typical beef, which is not pasture
raised isn't approved to be imported into
Europe, because it is so unhealthy?
Did you know, beef that is not grass-fed doesn't
contain all of the essential fatty acids that grass
fed beef does, so it won't help keep you healthy?
Mad Cow Disease: Is Any Meat Truly Safe?
What do you know
about mad cow disease? You probably know a lot about it
now, because it seems like it's in the news a lot. Let's
get some of the facts straight.
Mad Cow disease is also known by another name:
Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE for short.
The name Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is a good
name, because it describes the illness well.
Bovine = cows;
Spongiform = to turn soggy or spongy; and Encephalopathy
= something to do with the brain.
So the disease
basically turns the brain of cattle into mush.
Mad cow disease was first discovered in the United
Kingdom over 20 years ago. The cause of the disease:
bovine cannibalism or cows being fed infected cows.
Many countries in Europe and some in Asia have found
cases of BSE in their cows. Now, most countries prohibit
cow and sheep brain and spinal cord tissues to go into
making feed for any type of livestock.
The United States didn't find any cases of BSE until
It can take a long time for an affected cow (or
person) to show any signs of the disease. In fact, it
can take up to 30 years to show any symptoms at all.
The USDA kept claiming that the US meat supply was
safe and mad cow disease free. The problem with this
claim was that they were only testing the cows that
couldn't walk, not testing the cows that were still
The extent of the infection in the US is unknown,
because regular testing on healthy animals is not done.
People affected by mad cow disease suffer a long
and serious illness.
Their symptoms often begin by not being able to
maintain their balance. Over months or years of time,
their symptoms progress to losing control of their body
to not being able to swallow.
Because the disease
can stay dormant for so long, it's impossible to say how
many people or cattle are infected with the disease.
Just because there hasn't been recent cases in the United
States, doesn't meat that people and animals are safe.
Because we don't know the extent of infection, it is hard
to say what the dangers of eating ordinary meat are.
But it's best to err on the side of caution.
So what meat is safe? Any meat that is grass
fed beef or pasture raised beef should be safe. Why?
Because these cattle aren't fed animal proteins to make
them grow faster. These animals are free from
eating dangerous foods, because they are eating their natural
diet. BSE can't be transmitted from cattle to
cattle by just being around them, it is transmitted by eating
infected cattle. The only way to make sure that you are
safe is to eat animals that have not been fed animal proteins.
Let's talk about
some of the dangerous meats to eat. These meats are
dangerous, because they contain the parts of the cow that
are often diseased with BSE.
Do you like any
of the following meats?
100% Grass Fed Beef
Typical Grain Fed Beef
Hot dogs or beef sausage
Safe to eat.
Not safe to eat. These meats contain meat parts,
and aren't labeled on which parts are used. Pieces
of spinal cord, internal organ or brain may be in
Cuts of beef on the bone (for example, spare ribs
Safe to eat.
Not safe to eat. Because these meats may contain
the nervous tissues that spread the disease.
Pre-made meatballs or bologna
Safe to eat.
Not safe to eat. You never know what gets mixed
in, and if the cow was infected or not.
Safe to eat.
Safe and not safe to eat. If you grind the meat
yourself from a piece of muscle meat, it will be
safe. If you have it done for you (without you seeing
it done), you don't really know what parts were
You can see from
this that the only true meat that is safe from BSE is grass
fed beef. Other meats just aren't safe, and remember, that
you can't cook BSE out of the meat.
Essential Fatty Acids: Who Knew That Fat Was Good for You?
Let's talk about
fat. We were always told that fat was bad for you, and that
if you want to become thin or be healthy, that you should
cut it out of your diet as much as possible. Well, that
isn't really the case. We know now that there are good fats
and bad fats. What are the good fats? They are called ‘essential
fatty acids' (EFA). What do they do? They help to keep us
One of these essential
fatty acids is Omega-3 fatty acids. What is so important
about Omega-3 fatty acids? Well, they can help keep you
What do fatty fish
and grass fed beef or other pasture animals have in common?
Well, they don't really have a lot in common, except for
one thing, their diet. They both eat green plants, which
is where the Omega-3 fatty acids come from.
Omega-3s are found
in green plants and algae. Nearly 60% of the fat in grass
is Omega-3 fatty acid. That's a lot, considering that can
cattle eat over 100 pounds of grass each and every day.
Why don't grain
fed beef animals have Omega-3s? Because their diet
is not green. They aren't eating grasses that contain this
essential fatty acid, so their bodies don't have it in them.
I know your thinking,
well, I'll just eat a salad instead. Well, our bodies can
process Omega-3s like other animals can, so we can convert
them from green plants. We have to eat something that has
eaten Omega-3s first
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid - balancing the two
Omega-3 fatty acids, and why your body needs them, right?
Well, lets talk about the other Omega fat, the Omega-6 fatty
What are Omega-6
We can call them Omega-3s' sister, because their
chemical property is nearly identical. They look about
In the past 30 years, the amount of Omega-6 fatty
acids ingested in America has gone through the roof.
Unlike Omega-3s, consumption of Omega-6 fatty acids
aren't beneficial to your health.
What? Not good
for your health? Why? Well, because they are so similar
to Omega-3s, they compete for the same molecular resources,
so they can trick the body into thinking that it has all
of the Omega-3s it needs. And so the body doesn't use the
Which foods are
high in Omega-6 fatty acids:
Anything made from soybean oil.
Grain fed beef.
Why is grain
fed beef high is Omega-6s? Because it is fed grain. And grains
naturally contain higher amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids that beat out
the Omega-3 fatty acids.
So if you want
the numerous advantages of Omega-3 fatty acids, switch
to pasture raised beef, also known as grass fed beef. Keep yourself and your
family healthy, without making a sacrifice. You can also
take a natural
Omega 3 Supplement.
The science behind the ban – Why is US beef banned in Europe?
In 1989, the European
Union banned meat from the US from entering Europe. Why?
The majority of meat in America is injected with hormones
twice during the last 100 days of its life to promote a
Why are cattle
in America injected with synthetic hormones? The answer
is money. The average head of cattle that has these cheap
hormone injections brings in about $80 more than a non-injected
Let's talk about
why the use of these synthetic and natural hormones is bad
for your health.
It's possible to determine how much of these hormones
are in the meat, but it isn't tested for, so no one
knows how much hormone is in the meat.
Standard procedure is to place the hormone injection
in the ear. During a surprise USDA inspection to some
of the major feedlots found that on average 50% of the
hormone injections were injected into the meat. Why?
For convenience of the farmer.
Hormones are bad, because they disrupt the natural
hormone balance in people.
Children are especially at risk for problems from
synthetic hormones, because the amount of hormones in
their own bodies is constant.
Adding extra hormones to children can result in
puberty beginning at an earlier stage. Children that
begin puberty earlier, have a
higher risk of breast
Hormones can seep into the ground water and affect
There have been cases found where the reproduction
system of the fish in rivers and lakes have been affected
by the hormones.
fed beef and pasture raised beef isn't treated with hormones,
so you don't have to worry about them affecting your health.
If you worry about the health and safety of your children,
just switching to grass fed beef can put your mind at ease.
grass-fed-meats now, for the health of you and your family!