Improve your health, lose body fat, and build muscle with one of the healthiest protein sources available
I know you’ve heard all of the buzz over the last few years about the health benefits of wild salmon and other fish that have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
However, did you know that there’s a “land meat” that has similar omega-3/omega-6 ratios as wild salmon? In fact, this “land meat” not only contains as much, or even higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, but without the possible negatives such as heavy metals (mercury, etc) and PCBs that can be found in fish frequently (Read this article to see if you’re eating toxic fish )
I’ve talked about this type of meat before and how it’s one of the healthiest forms of meat you can possibly eat… It’s grass-fed beef and other grass-fed ruminant meats such as bison, buffalo, lamb, and venison.
Now I know that a lot of people will try to convince you that meat is not good for you… and to be honest I partially agree with them when it comes to your typical factory farm-raised meat where the animals are fattened up with huge quantities of grains & soy that are not their natural diet & given unhealthy doses of hormones, antibiotics, etc.
However, when animals are healthy and eat the diet they were meant to eat naturally, the meat is actually healthy for us. Not only are grass-fed meats a super-high quality source of muscle-building proteins, but they are also a great source of healthy fats (surprisingly to most people).
Let’s take beef for example… When cattle eat mostly grain and soy, the fat composition of their meat becomes higher in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids (which most of us already consume too much omega-6’s) and lower in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids (which are typically lacking in modern diets).
On the other hand, when cattle eat mostly grass instead of grains & soy, their meat becomes higher in omega-3s and lower in omega-6 fatty acids, achieving a more natural balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats. In addition, grass-fed beef also contains much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA ), which has shown some promising benefits in studies for losing body fat and gaining lean muscle mass.
Note – only the natural form of CLA from grass-fed meats and dairy has shown fat loss and muscle building benefits in studies… beware of the supplement pill forms of CLA, which are artificially created.
A similar comparison can be made between wild salmon and farm-raised salmon. Wild salmon is a healthier option than farm-raised salmon and has higher levels of omega-3’s because the wild salmon eat what they’re supposed to eat naturally. On the other hand, farm-raised salmon are fattened up unnaturally with grain/soy-based food pellets which detrimentally changes the salmon’s fat ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.
The problem is that it is VERY hard to find healthy grass-fed meats in typical grocery stores. In fact, even at health food stores, you might find some “organic” meats (which is at least a little better than standard), but it is often hard to find any real grass-fed meats.
Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to know that you and your family are eating meat that is actually good for you instead of the mass produced junk at most grocery stores? I know I’m going to be more careful about where I get my meat from now on.