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Monday, July 23, 2012

I Have No Beef With Grass-Fed Beef

I was a vegetarian (a pescatarian, really, because I also ate some fish) for almost 10 years. Then, about five months ago, I started to eat red meat again mainly because I just started craving it like crazy (and out of nowhere), so I figured my body was trying to tell me something. And the message was clear - it's time to eat a hamburger.

I haven't yet ventured into anything else but beef, but boy do I love to eat a good hamburger or steak these days. And I wholeheartedly subscribe to the notion of "everything in moderation." But I hear horror stories (mainly from my husband, Michael Pollan and a documentary on food I've watched called Forks Over Knives) about the negative health ramifications of eating meat (think cancer and heart disease).

Luckily there's a way to have your beef and eat it too. 100% grass-fed beef is a 100% healthier alternative to the more traditional grain-fed beef.

Most of the beef served in restaurants and sold in stores today comes from cows that are fed corn and other grains  all their lives, which usually happens in a cramped and confined feedlot. Although cows have historically fed on grass since they came into existence, today we force-feed them corn in order to get them as fat as possible, as fast as possible.

Grass-fed beef, on the other hand, comes from cows that are raised on nothing but grass (and their mother's milk), which besides giving the cow a more natural growing process and a happier life in general also makes the beef healthier and more nutritious for us to eat.

Grass-fed beef contains 3 times more omega-3 fatty acids (which help our bodies fight heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and depression). It's also higher in Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, beta-carotene and trace minerals like magnesium, calcium, and selenium. And it contains much more of that good-for-you, naturally occurring trans fat called conjugated linoleic acid, a nutrient that is generally lacking in our diets and is associated with lower risk of cancer and heart disease and faster weight-loss. And to top it all off, grass-fed beef is also much lower in saturated fat.

And if that's not reason enough to switch to grass-fed beef, how about this - it just tastes oh-so-much better than the other beef on the market today. Trust me. Actually, you don't even have to trust me on this one - try it and see for yourself.

Happy beef eating,

oxox roxy