Up until now, you may not have thought about what food your food eats. Meat eaters, although they love beef, chicken and pork, don’t like to think about the source. It’s enough to put people off their meatloaf! The push for organic ingredients has seen an increase in knowledge, but that is more about animal rights than anything else. As long as chickens get to walk around unhindered, people are happy.
Of course, the well-being of animals is paramount because it’s cruel to harm them. But, it’s also essential to think about the impact their lives have on your health. After all, humans are what they eat. This is why grass-feeding is a hot topic.
Some people won’t understand the difference, and others will view it as a fad. Let’s face it – grain is perfectly fine. And, it has been around for years without any problems. But, grass-fed food is here to stay and these are the reasons why.
Research over the years has revealed that certain foods contain cancer-fighting qualities. They are called carcino preventive agents, and one, in particular, appears in grass-fed beef. The nutrient in question is CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acids. Studies from 1994 have shown its effectiveness at fighting cancer, but it’s only now that it has become popular. Indeed, Draxe calls it a ‘must-have in your diet’. Still, it’s not just the effects on cancer which make CLA integral to health. They also help fight conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. If that isn’t enough, it’s great at encouraging the body to shed excess fat. As far as super-nutrients go, CLA fit the bill perfectly.
Experts point out that the majority of nutrients which fight cancer are plant-based. Normally, health specialists point people in the direction of kale, spinach and sprouts to regulate the body. CLA is specifically an animal-based anti-carcinogenic and can’t be found anywhere else. Even more importantly, grain-fed animals don’t have the same level of acids in their bodies. So, by the time it comes to tuck into dinner, the wrong animal food may put your well-being in jeopardy. The journal Cancer called it unique, and that is a huge revelation from a reputable source. Seen as you can only get it from one place, grass-fed meat should be a crucial ingredient in everyone’s diet.
Heart Disease Risk
Heart attacks and heart-related illnesses kill more people each year than cancer. Apart from strokes, it’s the main risk for men and women around the world. It’s logical to want to keep your ticker in perfect working condition, which is why you need to avoid fats. Some are good for you, yet the majority causes the body to put on weight or clog the veins and arteries. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to sidestep unhealthy fats as an average western diet contains lots. Meat, of course, is one of the biggest contributors. At least, it is when the animals are fed grain. When they eat grass, the number of fats reduces by a shocking amount. Then there is the fact that there are low levels of cholesterol in this meat too. Oh, and don’t forget that CLA have been proven to lower the risk of heart disease.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
CLA have been getting a shout out in this post, so it’s time to focus on another nutrient. You may or may not be aware, but Omega-3 is a superfood that has a wide-range of health benefits. On the topic of heart disease, it’s well-known to reduce the risks in adult men and women. Impressively, they also fight against inflammation which is thought to be the root of most diseases. The bad thing about Omega-3 is that there isn’t enough of it in the average diet. Sadly, people don’t eat large quantities of fish and leafy vegetables. Humans eat meat instead. Thankfully, grass-fed protein such as beef has higher concentrations of EPA and DHA. By going for grass, you can introduce more fatty acids into your body and accept the benefits. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to change your diet completely.
Parents focus on their health but also the well-being of their children. It’s an occupational hazard and it won’t go away from now until the end of time. The figures prove that kids are in danger of being among the unhealthiest in the history of the planet. In North America, the stats for childhood obesity are staggering in a truly negative way. Diabetes is also another indicator of how unhealthy children are in the region. How can grass-fed food help? It does it by providing a means for kids to lower and maintain their blood sugar levels. Again, CLA is at the forefront of the revolution as 37% of people treated with it see improvements in insulin intensity. Results also show an increase in proteins such as IRS2. Again, this is a nutrient which regulates insulin and blood sugar in the body. Other meats can’t boost the same.
Hormones, Chemicals and Antibiotics
It’s not uncommon to see a cow in a field enjoying their meal. They look happy, and most importantly, healthy. Then, there is the livestock which is treated behind closed doors. These poor animals eat grain, are pumped with antibiotics, and are full of hormones. Meat is in demand around the world, and farmers need ways to boost the supply. Some people don’t care because the animals are going to die anyway. Aside from being cruel, this attitude misses the point. Remember that you are what you eat, so their health impacts yours. Eating grain-fed meat as opposed to grass-fed can lead to an increase in hormone activity which leads to an imbalance. Or, you may consume pesticides and other toxic chemicals. The main worry is resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria is fighting back, and overeating the wrong meat may mean a simple infection becomes a deadly condition.
If your health isn’t enough, consider the impact on the environment. As a rule, greenhouse emissions are lower in grass-fed than grain-fed animals.
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