The Grass Fed Movement

BBQ Grill Light Duty by flickr.com/pegwinnWarm weather lures many of us outside after months of mainly living inside.

Gardens are planted, pools readied and eating options now include al fresco dining.

A favorite activity is barbequing.  Meat sizzling on a hot grill releases a seductive scent few can resist.

So, don’t.

Banishing beef and pork, lamb, chicken and even eggs from your diet is not a healthy move, according to many nutritional experts.  Your body is being deprived of vital nutrition. Unlike trans-fat, found in margarine, processed meats and fast foods, eating animal flesh supplies saturated fat rich in Vitamins, A, D and K.

Receive the full nutritional benefits by consuming meat and dairy products of animals fed on grass and/or pasture lands.

There is little surprise the Grass Fed Movement is rising in popularity among consumers, health and agriculture experts when you consider how the old adage, “you are what you eat,” works on animals too.

Those strictly enclosed in cages, pens and feed lots, known as confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs are fed steady doses of synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics.  These chemicals are then part of what we eat.

Animals grazing outside on clover and grasses receive naturally produced vitamins, such as D from the sun.  The goodness of their ingestion is passed along in their meats, milk and eggs, and surpasses any of those found in CAFOs’ generated products.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is one example. This strong antioxidant, unable to be produced by our bodies, is showing some success in increased airway hyper-reactivity for asthma sufferers, the reduction of body mass in obese men and for diabetics, an increase in insulin production reports the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Back in the late 1990s scientists at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center at the University of Wisconsin discovered pasture-grazed cows had 500% more CLA in their milk than those animals not fed clover and grasses. Canadian nutrition researchers also found animals with high marbling fat possess more CLA. Grass-fed meat is found at some local supermarkets, health food stores or with online suppliers such as U.S. Wellness Meats.

Joining the grass-fed movement will prove healthier for your body and your wallet through less doctor visits.

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