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Grass: Natures amazing medicine
By: Jesse Marunde

 
 
 

Without grass life wouldn't exist.

Grass is generally considered the starting point of human life on earth. To be more specific it is the interaction of grass, the soil it grows in, and the animals that eat it where life begins.

Did you know grass creates topsoil? This is the reason that topsoil on prairies may be many feet thick while topsoil in forests may be very shallow.

Without grass we cannot grow crops because continued cropping removes the nutrients from the soil until it is depleted. No doubt you have heard about topsoil losses on the news. What you usually don't hear about is how much topsoil pastures have created. For thousands of years civilizations have returned cropland to grass for a period of time to rebuild its structure and growing ability.

How much is available?

Grass is one of the most plentiful sources of food in existence. Take a look at any cropping map and you will see that most of the earth is useful for growing grass but not for growing crops. Most land is too steep, too rocky, too cold, or in some other way not hospitable for planted crops. Most cropland needs to be returned to grass if it is to be sustained for the natural growing of crops.

Ruminant animals - (animals that graze) turn grass into food for us. They naturally fertilize the land, which works with the tiny animals on the ground and the grasses to build new soil.

Grass and Grazing Animals

When an animal consumes an all grass diet during its life, it becomes a chemically different animal from one fed grain. A grain fed animal that is given hormones and antibiotics may be a precurser for cancer when eaten by humans.

Grass fed animals have a higher content of CLA and Omega 3 acids, while significantly reducing health wrecking omega 6's. When CLA and omega 3's are present in the meat, evidence suggests that consumption by humans is cancer preventing. This is Nature's Nutrition and the way it's been since the begining of time.

What does Natural Nutrition do for you?

Pastured Meat is part of a natural diet. To what extent you select to go to a natural diet will be a personal choice. Today, highly processed foods that were neither designed by God nor created with the health of mankind in mind are readily and easily available (Have you ever heard of McDonalds?). A plethora (yes I just said plethora!) of studies shows a high correlation between these contemporary food substitutes and some of the conditions and diseases that have become so prevalent in today's era of super-medicine. The modern marvels of freezing and quick transportation have allowed us to better our over all nutrition levels even with the existence of manufactured and artificial foods. By utilizing sources of Natural Nutrition we dramatically reduce the possibility of experiencing health problems.

What is the Nutritional Difference?

The difference between animals that graze in a pasture and animals that eat unnatural food (grain) in a feedlot is demonstrated in their nutritional value. Scientific tests prove the difference. Animals that live in and feed on pastures have more natural vitamins and have few to no chemical residues in their bodies.

Sixty percent of the fatty acids in cattle that eat grass may be Omega 3's. Range chickens produce eggs that may have 20 times more omega 3s than store bought eggs. The key is to have a high Omega 3 to Omega 6 level. Pastured animals do, feed lot animals do not!

Compared to meat produced in feed lots, pastured meat-

•  Lowers LDL Cholesterol

•  Has fewer Calories

•  Has extra Omega-3s (2 to 6 times more)

•  Has significantly more CLA - "conjugated linoleic acid"

•  Has more Protein

•  Has less total fat.

•  Is lower in saturated fat and higher in essential fatty acids

•  Has more vitamin A, beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamin B12, and lutein

•  Has about 4 times more Vitamin E

•  Lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer

•  Has probable anti aging properties



Boost your health and brain power

According to scientific research, pasturing adds nutrients to many foods - from eggs to beef to lamb. The added nutrients, especially when substituted for processed foods, can aid in following:

•  Decreasing the likelihood of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and heart attack.

•  Improving brain function and lowering the chance of common disorders such as ADD, Alzheimer's, depression, and schizophrenia.

•  Slowing cancer growth and reducing or eliminating the spread of many cancers.

•  Reducing cancer risk - breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer,

•  Protection from heart disease


What is Pastured Meat?

A wide variety of meats are available. It has been suggested that a minimum of the last 90 days of finishing be on pasture. There is growing evidence that animals that are on pasture and a natural diet from day one have more to offer you and I, the consumers. Your source for natural meet can explain to you what your meat supply was raised on. The more you know, the better decision you can make. So be sure to ask questions! An informed consumer is a healthy consumer.

What about fat?

Moderate levels of good fats are essential. Good fat from pasture contains essential nutrients and is essential to a natural, healthy lifestyle. Vitamins, minerals, CLA, and proper omega balance are all included in pastured meats. Pastured meats are usually low in overall fat. Feedlot and housed meats may aggravate cancer and other health problems while Pastured meats are being shown to discourage these problems. Most people who switch to eating pastured meats actually lose weight and improve their health.

The Irony: the taste!

If you've been eating store bought meats than you've been putting bad fats, hormones and nutrient void foods into your body. You will be amazed at how good you and your family will feel if you decide to make the switch to the healthier choice of meat products. And because pastured meats are so much more delicious your family will be amazed at the great taste!


Life conditions of animals that eat from pastures

Animals raised on a managed grazing program have far fewer health problems and often none at all. Medications and antibiotics are typically not needed and stress is minimal. The animal is catered to with clean fresh water, clean fresh air, and clean fresh pasture. For animals, that's four star accommodations! For us, that's four star dining at it's finest!

Feed lot animals are raised standing in their own dung and are fed food which makes them sick. They don't get to eat grass and as a result sickness is common place which means that the animals are routinely medicated. If there is such a thing as reincarnation, you better hope you don't come back as a feed lot animal!

The information in this article was obtained primarily from:

www.grasslandbeef.com
www.westonaprice.org
www.grazier.org

 
 

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