Grass-Fed meat is NOT the same as GRAIN-FED meat.
The alarming state of grain-fed meat we face today all started when cows stopped grazing in the pastures where they would eat anything green found in the wild (i.e. what they would eat naturally). As soon as humans altered their diet we started to notice unhealthy practices take place. Comparing grass-fed vs grain-fed is like looking at two completely different foods! Seriously, they are NOT even in the same realm.
In short, grain-fed meat is full of antibiotics, chemicals, and hormones that are linked to obesity, rancid fats, and properties that cause easily avoidable inflammation. Animals are just like us, if we eat poorly we aren't going to be healthy. No-brainer, right? Most "grain-fed cows" are being fed GMO corn, soy, chicken feathers, trash, leftover rancid meat, crackers, and CANDY. Yes, I said "candy" and I am not kidding. At. All.
Recent news just proved that cows have been fed CANDY, Skittles to be exact for years now. The raising corn prices has led farmers to find "food" to make cows fat, think about that for a second. The thriving, mass food system should be failing, but instead it is making its next chess move based on simple economics and the need to keep production cost down and revenue up - no matter the implications.
"Cows are being fed chocolate bars, gummy worms, ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows, bits of hard candy and even powdered hot chocolate mix, according to cattle farmers, bovine nutritionists and commodities dealers."
Another misconception I hear from people all too often is the notion that Grass-Fed Meat is the same as "organic" meat and I am here to tell you that it is not. Organic meat can come from grain-fed cows, as long as the grain is organic. Furthermore, some beef is both organic and grass-fed. But they’re not the same thing, confusing I know (that's why I am here to help!).
Not only does grass-fed meat contain more nutrients, it is better for the environment, the animals, the farmers and our entire economy.
Why is it better?
Grass-fed beef has higher levels of Vitamins A and E and the body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, as well as vitamin K2.
Grass-fed meat has better quality fats. It contains less omega-6 fatty acids, associated with inflammation, and more omega-3 fatty acids, which combat inflammation along with providing an overwhelming amount of additional health benefits.
Grass-fed beef has significantly higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has been proven in studies to protect against cancer and heart disease, help build muscle and promote fat loss. It is also associated with healthy cholesterol, glucose and insulin metabolism.
Grass-fed meat doesn't contain hormones or antibiotics and isn't fed food that has a ton of chemicals sprayed on it.
Cows can’t make nutritious meat if they aren’t fed the proper ingredients. There is no magical button to transform skittles into longevity-driven essentials like vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Feeding cattle junk food turns them into junk food. These animals are meant to eat grass – not grains, stale bread, cereal, chicken feathers, or city garbage (I couldn’t make this up if I tried).
Read on to learn more about the incredible benefits of grass-fed meat. To learn more about this topic, check out the links below.
SO, HOW CAN YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON HEALTHY GRASS-FED BEEF AND STOP EATING MEAT MADE OUT OF SKITTLES?
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