Why Should My Food Eat Good?

I want to initiate this post by telling everyone happy "newly introduced" International Deadlift day. Pray for safety and strength and pick up something heavy. Next comes the focal point of today's topic, Grass fed beef. As i go belly deep into the more natural food industry i decided to actually investigate the benefits of it. I don't want to be that guy that runs around hyping up something and never investigating the situation itself.

Grass fed beef simply means that for a cow's entire life it roamed a pasture and munched on grass. I saw a tweet the other day that said,

"I just saw an add for grassfed beef that's twice the price of regular beef don't they know all cow's eat grass #somepoeple."

I assumed this guy was being cynical or something because that's obnoxious. Most cattle live out their lives in a facility where they stand around eating processed grains and getting fat. They are allowed to live between 110-120 days and then are usually slaughtered for our bellies. The good life, a half year of eating non stop. Grass fed cattle on the other hand live in small farm pastures and graze the majority of their life. They're raised for about 200 days and then are assessed for size. A grass fed cattle is usually smaller by the time they peak in size. So what does this difference in lifestyle and lifetime result?

Overall cattle are lower in fat like a natural game animal would be. If you're an anti-fat zealot read this article and you'll understand where I'm about to go. Less fat basically takes away from my overall desire for grass fed beef because that is where some one participating in a ketogenic/paleo/genesis diet would gain most of their calories. However when looking further into this we realize the drop in fat is not so significant as to consider this something like a chicken breast. It's slightly above a deer's fat content. The nice part of grass fed beef's fat is that it is a much higher percentage of Omega 3's and a lower percentage of Omega 9. The benefits for Omega 3's range from muscular health to Joint improvement and everything inbetween[1].

The greatest thing i saw from consuming grass fed beef is that it is naturally higher in ANTIOXIDANTS. Grass fed beef have significant numbers of Vitamin A and E as well as cancer fighting antioxidants such as glutathione (GT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity as compared to grain-fed contemporaries.[2]

Through my personal research at first I began to think that buying grass fed beef was solely for the cow's benefit. However, as i pulled out my analytic shovel and piled past the poo i realized grass fed beef can be part of our no multivitamin diet. So if you can find a reliable resource of grass fed beef that fit's your diet I give my stamp of approval.

Now it's your time to decide whether or not you want to pull out the extra cash for these benefits. If this wasn't enough information for you to make a decision you have two options. You can comment on here of facebook with more questions, or pull out your own shovel and dig for some answers.

Proverbs 12:10 - Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

Proverbs 27:23 - Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

  1. UMMC (2011) Omega-3 fatty acids. (retrieved UMMC)
  2. Cynthia A Daley1*Amber Abbott1Patrick S Doyle1Glenn A Nader2 and Stephanie Larson (2010) A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef. Retrieved (College of Agriculture, California State University, Chico, CA, USA)University of California Cooperative Extension Service, Davis, CA, USA

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

The Accute Effects Of Different Squat Intensities on Vertical Jump Performances
The Accute Effects of Different Squat Intensities On Jump Performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.