Why Grass-fed beef needs to be a staple in your diet
Animal products have been a staple in the human diet for as long as humans have existed. This is simply because animal products, specifically organic and pasture raised, are the best source of several extremely critical fats, vitamins, and minerals that we need in order to reach optimum health.
One of the most important nutrients that pasture raised animals offer us is fats, especially omega-3’s. Fats have had a very rough time in American’s diets due to fad diets and false information. While the truth is, we must have high quality fats in our diets if we want proper brain function, shiny hair, healthy skin, proper hormone function, and less body inflammation. Fats create our myelin (https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/myelin) , which is a fatty covering that surrounds our nerve fibers, in order to help our nerves communicate properly! According to Dr. Bill Sears, “Fats are structural components of some of the most important substances in the body, including prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that regulate many of the body’s functions. You need fats because they regulate the production of sex hormones,” (https://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/family-nutrition/facts-about-fats/why-you-need-fats). Fats also play a key role in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as: A, D, E, and K! a diet rich in omega-3’s is also going to help fight inflammation all over the body. Animals that have been raised on grass also have three to five times as much CLA when compare to grain fed animals. CLA has been observed to slow, prevent, and stop the growth of multiple types of tumors! (C., J. A. Scimeca, et al. (1994). "Conjugated linoleic acid. A powerful anticarcinogen from animal fat sources." Cancer 74(3 Suppl): 1050-4.)
The bioavailable vitamin, mineral, and amino acid content of pasture raised meat is truly unparalleled to any other food. Bioavailable is defined as, “the extent to which a nutrient or medication can be used by the body,” so this simply means that your body can use these forms of vitamins and minerals much easier than other forms. Karen Shanks, MD states that, “Grass-fed beef contains twice the amount of carotenoids (beta-carotene and lutein), and three times the vitamin E than their corn-fed compatriots. There also higher levels of the master antioxidant, Glutathione.” (https://www.karynshanksmd.com/2017/12/02/pasture-raised-meat-healthy-safe-sustainable/) Grass fed beef is also much higher in B12 (only found in animal products!), niacin, B6, selenium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium than grain fed beef.
When eating organic grass-fed beef instead of commercial grain fed beef, you are limiting your exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and artificial hormones.