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What's the deal with grass fed beef?
By Jesse Marunde
Personal Trainer
2x Worlds Strongest Man competitor

 
 
 

When choosing the foods that I am going to eat my first consideration is health. I prefer organic vegetables and breads to the mass produced variety found at giant super grocers. Basically I don't trust foods that have questionable ingredients. Pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering are not things that I want done to the foods that I consume on a daily basis. My next consideration is performance. I don't want to eat something that doesn't aid my quest for greater health, strength, and stamina. My final consideration is taste. The fact of the matter is; organic foods just taste better!

Coming from a family of Alaskan raised hunters, I've enjoyed consuming wild meats most of my life. As a young, aspiring weightlifter I always knew about the importance of sound nutrition. I used to eat store bought red meat sparingly, although most of the old bodybuilding literature I enjoyed reading advised eating red meat frequently. Arthur Saxon wrote in his book The Development of Physical Power, which was published in 1905, that a man who was trying to gain muscle should eat 2-3 pounds of meat daily! After reading this I decided to try it myself. Saxon was touted as the strongest man in the world in the early 1900's and weighed around 200 pounds. Using logical thinking I decided that, being a 300 pound lifter, I would need to eat closer to 3 pounds of meat daily. I made it 3 days into this marathon meat eating adventure before I gave it up as a failed quest for greater strength. I felt horrible! My stomach was knotted, I felt bloated and backed up, my taste buds were screaming for a diet change and my jaw was begging for a break from all the intense chewing. But I still believed that meat was a valuable dietary staple. Humans have been eating meat since the dawn of time. For months I pondered my dilemma and searched for answers. Then I found Grassland beef.

Grassland beef is totally organic and raised the way God intended, in green pastures. Like the wild meat I was raised on, Grassland beef breaths clean air, eats clean grass and is untouched by any chemical or hormone. When my first package of Grassland beef arrived at my door I again began my 3 pounds per day consumption. My initial reaction was total surprise at how delicious the meat was. No store bought red meat I'd ever eaten could even remotely compare to the tender and flavorful beef I received from Grassland beef. In addition to eating beef three times daily in one-pound portions, I followed my usual habit of eating organic vegetables and berries from Jubilee Farm as well as organic whole grains, potatoes and rice. After more than 6 months of eating Grassland beef I am without a doubt their most loyal consumer! I feel great. I've gained nearly 10 pounds of muscle without gaining any fat. At my stage of development gaining 10 pounds of muscle is pretty significant to say the least. I have experienced none of the ill effects that plagued me in my previous attempt to make red meat a daily food source. I've found Grassland beef to be so significant in improving my health and strength that I recommend it to everyone I know.

Though I was thrilled to finally find the missing link in my training program I wanted to know why Grassland beef made such an incredible difference in my health and performance. So I began to research store bought meat, which I will from now on refer to as grain fed beef. I was disgusted with my findings! Grain fed cattle are kept in giant feed lots where they are unable to move due to the number of cattle that are packed into a single lot. I had the opportunity and displeasure of visiting a feedlot recently. I witnessed first hand the poor conditions that grain fed cattle live in. I saw thousands of cows standing shoulder to shoulder in knee-deep manure. The cows were unable to move and were fed grain from troughs, which were located just on the other side of their fence. It occures to me that it would be imppossible to keep at least trace amounts of manure and urine out of their food. The smell was nauseating. I wouldn't want to eat anything that came from such a disgusting place. I found some amazing information about grass fed and grain fed cattle. Below are the facts that I found in my research.

GRASS FED BEEF FACT SHEET

Health

Calories : Grassland's grass-fed beef has 30% fewer calories per serving than grain fed due to less fat. Grain fed beef has four to six times more total fat than grass-fed and more saturated fat which is associated with heart disease.
Omega-6 /3 Ration : Grass fed has an average omega 6:3 ratio of 3:1, which equals fish and chicken. Grain fed beef creates an omega 6:3 ratio of 20:1. Generating much higher risk of heart disease, auto immune ailments and inflammation. This fact alone is a major health advantage of grass-fed beef.

CLA : Grassfed has three to five times the amount of CLA, "conjugated linoleic acid" of grain fed beef. CLA helps

convert fat to lean muscle. Research suggests it may play a potent role in preventing and slowing the growth of

cancer. CLA is a perfect tonic for the circulatory system due to it's role as a poly unsaturated fatty acid.

Beta-Carotene : Grassfed beef delivers twice the beta-carotene of grain fed beef. Beta-carotene helps lower the risk

of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Vitamin E : Grain fed beef receiving Vitamin E supplements have only half the Vitamin E of grass-fed. Vitamin E

is linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's. It is a powerful anti-oxidant.

Food Safety

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or "mad cow disease" : Grass-fed animals are not fed animal by-products and are harvested before 30 months of age. Grass-fed animals are your safest alternative even though the risk is literally nil.

E-coli : E. coli carried by grass-fed ruminants are not a threat to humans because they are not the dangerous

acid-resistant strains carried by grain fed cattle.

Hormones : Hormones are used to increase weight gain in grain-fed cattle. Scientists suspect hormones in meat

and dairy products may be causing falling sperm counts and early onset of puberty in girls which increases the

risk of breast cancer. Grass-fed cattle from Grassland Beef have no added hormones.

Irradiation : Irradiation is not necessary with grass-fed because of low E. coli risk. Irradiation reduces the vitamin

levels and is believed to increase the carcinogens (free radicals) in meat.

Antibiotics : Grain fed cattle are fed antibiotics to prevent disease associated with feeding them an unnatural grain

diet and the risks associated with concentrated feeding in feedlots. Use of antibiotics for animal feed is feared to

be contributing to antibiotic resistance in humans. Grass-fed cattle eat grass, not antibiotics.

Environment

Global warming : Grassy pastures are 50% more effective than cultivated soils at removing carbon, one of the

greenhouse gases.

Energy efficient : It is ten to twenty times more energy efficient to raise food animals entirely on grass than to

raise row crops for human consumption. Large amounts of fossil fuel are required to cultivate and fertilize corn and

other grains.

 
 

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