By Steven Peters
You’ve likely heard the rumors and read articles that state eating red meat is bad for you. While in most cases that is correct. However, red meat and other meat for that matter are not actually bad for you, with one warning sign that it is extremely bad, in terms of our health. What that ‘bad’ comes from are animals who consume a diet that consists of genetically modified (GM) corn and soy.
What you eat every day is a direct reflection of your health, how you look, your mental cognition, the ability of fertility, and how you feel and whether or not you’ll be struck with infertility, autoimmune diseases and a host of other diseases that we are just beginning to understand from eating meat or dairy that is tainted from toxic GM products.
However, if you source your meat from pastured raised and grass-fed animals, you’re not only buying the meat without the animal who ate the GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn or soy, but you’re also reaping a myriad of health and ecological benefits.
Health benefits that come from eating grass-fed meat
Up until the Industrial Revolution, humans have been eating pasture-raised grass-fed meat from cows, bison, deer, hogs, goats, chickens and other foul for over 10,000 years. We wouldn’t have the brain size that we have today and would look, think, and act very differently if we were without eating them.
When you think about the food you buy and eat from a commercial grocery store, much of the food, particularly on the inner aisles, have been so processed and contain so many unnatural toxic additives including GMO’s in them that it may be shocking, but foods made from GMO’s are the worst kinds of foods you can put into your body, as a plethora of scientific research has discovered.
A good rule of thumb: if the ingredient list on the package contains corn, soy, soybean oil, canola, high fructose corn syrup which is all GMO’s and in almost every kind of processed food these days, and a laundry list of other ingredients (chemical preservatives and artificial colors), avoid it at all cost. They play a devastating impact on the health not only of humans and animals but our ecosystem and other sustainable resources like farms as well.
Without sustainable farms who do not use GM feed for their animals and the pesticides that are used to grow crops, we would not have a choice to buy their products in stores. If you’re armed with this kind of information and know how your food is grown and raised by reading product labels that state they’re “organic”, “pasture-raised”, “grass-fed” or has the Non-GMO Verified logo on it, then it gives you an informed buying decision that can help sustain a healthy lifestyle.
You now have a way to arm yourself in this endeavor with an app called Buycott which will do just that.
Let’s look at the real cost of eating unsustainable food
The outbreak of salmonella and e.coli and other pathogenic organisms that come from unsustainable farming has been directly responsible for killing thousands of people each year.
The CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 dies of foodborne diseases. [source]
Industrial farming is the worst kind of farming practices that one can think of. Industrial farmers have no respect for the land, have no respect for the animals that are giving their lives to feed the people who buy and eat their food, and the slaughterhouses are a breeding ground for pathogens that remain in the meat or dairy and then is sold to unsuspecting customers.
Do you know if the Greek yogurt, butter or cheese or any kind of meat you just bought was raised from grain-fed feedstock? If you answered no you’re not alone. The FDA does not require industrial farms and food producers to disclose this fact, though 90% of them feed their animals GM feed such as corn and soy.
What do you think happens when an animal eats something that has been confirmed to lead to infertility to cancer to autoimmune diseases and a host of other ailments that haven’t yet been discovered that could potentially be the cause of many of the diseases that happened to skyrocket for the last three decades.
Chemical companies who created GMO’s trying to silence research
The year-long study from researcher Dr. Seralini has been wrongly criticized when he submitted his research findings to medical journals that proved GM food was directly connected to cancer, tumors, and other disorders in the animals that were tested.
His study and the results were the first ever to show a causation of GMO’s causing disease, and because of this, a smear campaign was launched to discredit him and his work, and through this vicious attack against him, his research paper was redacted from the medical journal.
That campaign was swift and carried out by the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Monsanto and other chemical giants who wanted to stop having this information shown to the public for fear of repercussions.
However, in 2016, the Seralini paper was resubmitted and is now included in a credible peer-review medical journal that exposes and supports exactly the grave danger that genetically modified organisms cause on the health of animals.
We must ask ourselves this question: if this is happening in animals, what do you think GMO’s are doing to us?
When an animal eats a GMO product it passes through the digestive tract and leaving in its blood, meat, bone marrow and every other part of its body which contain sequences of unnatural DNA that GMOs are made from and is now a part of the DNA of the animal.
The old adage, “You are what you eat” plays a big part in our overall health. But let’s go a step further. You are what you eat, digest, assimilate, and utilize. It’s really important because you actually have to break down the food and assimilated, and absorbent through Your microvilli so your body can use it.
As science has confirmed, what we eat is not only correlated but can cause a host of ailments and disease in the human body if foods are consumed of poor quality or have toxic chemicals and preservatives in them. Given these results, would that mean that we have GMO and the chemicals used to grow them such as Glyphosate circulating within us as well? To put it succinctly, yes! [source]
What does the FDA say about all of this?
The Food and Drug Administration says when cows eat GMO feed it doesn’t make the milk GMO because the milk itself is not genetically engineered.
To put that into perspective, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require any GMO labeling and because they are receiving millions of dollars from the meat and dairy industry, they don’t test the milk or meat or dairy if it has any DNA sequences that are similar to the GMO feed that the animal ate.
If anyone who may know of the FDA’s stance on GMO labeling, which isn’t concerned in the least about GMO’s because of the revolving door between them and Monsanto, the creators of genetically modified organisms. That revolving door translates to political favors for friends within the agency and lobbying efforts (bribes) from Monsanto and other companies that don’t want GMO’s labeled.
They don’t want to be on the hook and accountable and liable for the damaging effects of GMOs because of disease and infertility they’ve caused to animals, and potentially humans, as well as the destruction of the microorganisms on all industrial farmland. The latter plays a crucial role in the health of the soil and a necessary component in the health of livestock.
Unlike 60+ other countries that require GMOs to be labeled, the U.S. has no such labeling requirements.
The only way to ensure yourself and your family are eating a GMO-free diet is if you’re consuming fruits and vegetables grown organically, and meat from cows, goats, chickens or hogs that are pasture-raised and grass-fed.
The health benefits of consuming grass-fed meat or dairy
Grass-fed beef may have some heart-health benefits that other types of beef don’t have.
A growing body of research indicates that pasture-raised meat, eggs, and dairy products are better for consumers’ health than conventionally-raised, grain-fed foods. In addition to being lower in calories and total fat, pasture-raised foods have higher levels of vitamins and a healthier balance of omega-3 and omega-6 ats than conventional meat and dairy products.
The secret sauce in grass-fed meat
Studies have shown that milk from pasture-fed cows has as much as five times the CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a type of fatty acid, as milk from grain-fed cows. And meat from pasture-fed cows has from 200 to 500 percent more CLA as a proportion of total fatty acids than meat from cows that eat a primarily grain-based diet. iv
Free-range chickens have 21% less total fat, 30% less saturated fat and 28% fewer calories than their factory-farmed counterparts. v Eggs from poultry raised on pasture have 10% less fat, 40% more vitamin A and 400% more omega-3’s. vi
A host of research has been conducted on animals, under microscopes, and with humans to determine the impact of CLA on disease.
Results have shown CLA to be a potent ally in combating:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Immune system invaders
- Food-induced allergic reactions
- Insulin resistance (Diabetes)
Animal studies show that as little as 0.5 percent CLA in your diet could reduce tumors by over 50 percent, including the following types of cancer:
Individuals get asthma when they produce much higher levels of leukotrienes, which are fatty molecules of the immune system and at least 1000 times more potent than histamine at causing bronchial constriction. These highly inflammatory leukotrienes are produced when an enzyme known as 5-lipoxygenase (5-lipox) acts on a particular fat called arachidonic acid (AA).
CLA helps fight 5-lipox and AA inflammation without harming your arteries. CLA does this by converting inside your body to both DHA and EPA, both of which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
CLA’s actions actually mimic the effect of synthetic diabetic drugs. Testing on mice with type 2 diabetes has shown CLA to improve insulin action and reduce circulating glucose. Even better, the early results from human trials are just as positive when consuming CLA for longer than eight weeks.
Exciting research on humans has shown that CLA has been beneficial in lowering body fat, with even greater improvement in those who combine exercise with regular dietary intake of CLA. Animal research has been even more promising, with significant improvements seen in both reducing body fat and increasing lean body mass.
Previous studies have shown that CLA reduces body fat while preserving muscle tissue, and may also increase your metabolic rate. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that individuals who took 3.2 grams of CLA per day had a drop in fat mass of about 0.2 pounds each week (that’s about one pound a month) compared to those given a placebo. [source]
Since CLA cannot be manufactured in the human body, you must get it from your diet by consuming high-quality dietary sources such as grass-fed beef.
What’s the deal with grass-fed beef?
The natural diet for ruminant animals, such as cattle, is grass. When left to feed on grass-only diets, levels of CLA are three to five times more than those fed grain-based diets. And that’s just the start.
A joint effort between the USDA and Clemson University researchers in 2009 determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed is better than grain-fed beef for human health.
In a side-by-side comparison, they determined that grass-fed beef was:
- Lower in total fat
- Higher in beta-carotene
- Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
- Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
- Higher in total omega-3s
- A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
- Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
- Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
- Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
Grass Fed Beef Scorecard
Grain Fed vs Grass Fed Beef
Fed Grain (GMO’s)
Omega 6:3 Ratio
CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)
Beta Carotene, Vitamin E & A
High & Saturated
|E. Coli Risk (ground beef)||High||Very Low|
Animals raised sustainably have a huge effect on health
Pasture-raised animals roam freely in their natural environment where they’re able to eat nutritious grasses and other plants that their bodies are adapted to digest.
In addition to dramatically improving the welfare of farm animals, pasturing also helps reduce environmental damage, and yields meat, eggs, and dairy products that are tastier and more nutritious than foods produced on factory farms.
Animals raised on pasture enjoy a much higher quality of life than those confined within factory farms. When raised on open pasture, animals are able to move around freely and carry out their natural behaviors.
This lifestyle is impossible to achieve on industrial farms, where thousands of animals are crowded into confined facilities, often without access to fresh air or sunlight.
These stressful conditions are a breeding ground for bacteria and the animals frequently become ill, so factory farms must routinely treat them with antibiotics to prevent outbreaks of disease. i
Pasture-based systems can help the environment, especially through fertilizing the soil and by reducing the amount of grain produced as feed. And unlike industrial farms, which rely on large amounts of fossil fuels to truck feed and animal waste, pasture-based systems take advantage of the animal’s ability to feed itself and spread its own manure.
Keeping Small Farmers in Business
When you buy pastured meat, you’re not only taking a step to safeguard your health, protect the environment, and improve animal well-being, you’re also supporting sustainable farming and the farmers who choose to practice it. Small, local family farmers are invaluable members of the nation’s rural communities and play a key role as stewards of the land.
Did You Know?
Raising grain-fed cattle is extraordinarily resource-intensive; a cow must consume about 8 pounds of grain in order to yield one pound of meat.
It is estimated that 12 to 32 % of all feedlot cattle develop liver abscesses as a result of the high-grain diet. viii
If you, like the average American, eat 67 pounds of beef per year, then switching from conventional beef to pastured raised grass-fed beef and other meat would reduce your yearly calorie intake by 16,642 calories!
Watch the video below and see how sustainable farms and farmers who care about their livestock and land by having sustainable practices in place to ensure a healthy ecosystem of everything involved, everyone can benefit and leave a lasting legacy that is worthy of much gratitude.
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