Taking over the American health care system and interfering with school lunches (see picture) wasn’t enough coming from the nut jobs in the White House. Now, the shameful obama administration wants to change the way we true Americans eat for a more “sustainable” future by pushing a “plant-based” diet down our throats. And thank goodness the beef industry is crying foul!
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee said, “The major findings regarding sustainable diets were that a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current U.S. diet.” “Hogwash!” responded politicians from meat-producing states.
If the obama-crazies get their way, better hope you like beans because your freedom to choose a good steak is pretty much gone.
Through a lot of liberal media hype a lot of folks are being led to believe that red meat is a food that’s off limits. That it’s not good for you. Eating red meat has been discouraged because many tree hugging food “gurus” tell you that most cuts are high in cholesterol and saturated fat.
But, red meat has a powerful place in a healthy diet as long as you choose the right cuts of beef. Round roast and steak, sirloin tip roast and 95% ground meat all offer healthy options, or choose bison for lean red meat. Adding one or two servings of fresh or organic lean red meat to your weekly diet will supply your body with many vital nutrients that are missing from a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Meat Supplies Protein
A 3-ounce serving of red meat (size of a deck of cards) supplies about half the protein an average “healthy” adult needs in a daily diet. You need at least twice that amount if you are under a lot of stress or if you work out consistently.
The protein you get from red meat contains all the amino acids necessary to build muscle and repair tissue. Maintaining and or developing muscle mass is essential because it gives you the ability to be physically active, but it also produces enzymes and hormones that help prevent illness. Protein has also been linked to weight loss, since it satisfies hunger and keeps you satisfied for hours following your meal.
Meat provides the right kind of Iron
a 3-ounce serving of lean beef chuck, for example, has 3.2 milligrams of iron. Specifically, the iron found in meat is of the heme variety, which is easier for your body to absorb. The iron in non-animal products is non-heme. Eating meat also provides a source of vitamin B-12, which contributes to your body’s cell health.
Meat provides Iron
The Institute of Medicine recommends women consume 18 mg of iron each day and men consume 8 milligrams. Lean red meat supplies a good amount of iron, depending on the cut of the meat, and contains a form of iron more easily absorbed than the iron in plant-based foods. Adding red meat to your diet one or two times a week can help you consume the amount of iron your body needs for your red blood cells to transport enough oxygen to all the other parts of your body. Iron deficiencies can contribute to learning problems, low energy and behavioral issues. A 3-oz. serving of lean ground beef supplies 2.4 mg, and a serving of lean pot roast supplies 2.6 mg.
Meat contains Zinc
Another benefit of adding lean red meat to your diet is that it supplies a good dose of zinc. You need zinc from foods because it helps build muscle mass, strengthens your immune system and helps promote a healthy brain. The average person needs 15 mg of zinc each day. A 3-oz. portion of lean ground beef contains 5.5 mg of zinc, and a serving of sirloin steak supplies 6.2 mg.
Meat Provides B Vitamins
Lean red meat is a natural source of many B vitamins. Eating foods that contain naturally occurring B vitamins is important because it helps promote a healthy body. Lean red meat contains B-12 for a healthy nervous system and B-6 for a strong immune system. Red meat also contains niacin, another B vitamin that aids in digestion, as well as riboflavin for healthy skin and eyes.
Focus on Lean Cuts
Many cuts of meat are high in saturated fat, but it’s possible to find lean options to include in your diet. Poultry is lean in general, but if you enjoy beef, you can make health-conscious choices. Choose lean ground beef, such as 93/7, for example, rather than 80/20 ground beef. When cooking steaks, trim away the bulk of the fat before cooking. If you enjoy pork, tenderloin is the leanest cut. By the way, eating animal fat doesn’t make you fat… sugar makes you fat and sickly.
Grain fed vs. Grass fed
Switching from grain fed beef (not the best stuff – mostly found in grocery stores) to the good stuff which is grass fed meat that’s mostly in harmony with your physiology is what you should do. Every cell and every system of our bodies will function better when you eat products from pasture grazing animals raised on unpolluted grass.
For the unhealthier kind of beef always choose grain fed beef. Because, the longer cattle are fed grain, the greater the fatty acid imbalance. For instance, after 200 days in the feedlot grain-fed cattle have omega 6 to omega 3 ratios that exceed 20 to one which is not good at all. Many cattle are fed 200 days or more in the United States.
Here’s a brief explanation of what labels on the meat you buy actually mean. You do read the labels, don’t you?
Air Chilled: This refers to the treatment of living animals. Producers and retailers may also make claims about how the animal is handled between slaughter and purchase. Meat may be wet or dry-aged, frozen, and packaged in various ways.
All Natural: This means meat that’s minimally processed with no artificial or synthetic products. It’s not regulated, however, so anyone can put it on their package. It’s a claim with no clout. Beware.
Biodynamic: This pre-organic standard treats the whole ranching operation as an interrelated whole. While some meats are technically organic, a bio-dynamic farm assures the meat also came from a healthy, self-sustaining system.
COOL (Country of Origin Labeling): A USDA regulated label stating where meat was raised, slaughtered, and processed. Always read the labels, never take anything for granted that you’re about to purchase for consumption.
Free Range: This means only that the animal has some access to the outdoors. There’s no regulation for use of this term, except in the case of chickens raised for consumption. “Pasture-raised” is a more meaningful term.
Humanely Raised/Certified Humane: Many ranches now choose to undergo an audit by third parties such as Animal Welfare Association and Humane Farmed to highlight their extra care. This type of label states that no practices such as overcrowding, castrating, early weaning, or denying animals access to pasture used.
Local: Producers who take part in this affidavit program state in writing that the animals were raised within 20 miles. This label is not certified or confirmed by a third party.
Organic: This label is USDA and third-party certified. It means that livestock wasn’t treated with hormones or antibiotics and was fed a pesticide-free diet.
Vegetarian Fed: This refers only to an animal’s diet and does not guarantee the animal was pastured or raised humanely.
And lastly but certainly not least:
Grass Fed: A USDA regulated label meaning, very narrowly, that animals ate grass. According to the USDA definition, “grass-fed” animals can also be fed grain, and can be raised on grass in confinement, as long as they have access to pasture – although “access” can be, and often is, nothing more than a facility with a door to a small outdoor area. Don’t let this label fool you if you’re looking for the best in meats. But, if you purchase your (meats) beef or chicken from a local farm that you absolutely know they’re doing it “right” then you’ve found a real gem.
- Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner than grain-fed beef.
- Omega 3’s in beef that feed on grass is 7% of the total fat content, compared to 1% in grain-only fed beef.
- Grass-fed beef has the recommended ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats (3:1).
- Grass-fed beef is loaded with other natural minerals and vitamins, plus it’s a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a fat that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.
All food fats are a blend of the different types, saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats include poly and monounsaturated fats. Omega-3’s and 6’s are types of polyunsaturated fats, called “Essential” because we have to get them from food, our bodies can’t manufacture them from other fats.
There are different kinds of fats in the body. Some of the most crucial fats are in the list of compounds that make up the cell walls for all of the body’s cells.
If the ratio of omega 6 fats to omega 3 fats exceeds 4:1 in your diet, you’ll have more health problems. This is especially meaningful since grain-fed beef can have ratios that exceed 20:1 whereby grass-fed beef is down around 3:1 which is very healthy for you.
Similar ratios are also found in all grain-fed versus grass-fed livestock products.
Grass fed products are rich in all the fats now proven to be health-enhancing, but low in the fats that have been linked with disease.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Important For Your Health
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal growth and play an important role in the prevention and treatment of:
- coronary artery disease
- other inflammatory and autoimmune disorders
Your body can’t make these Omega 3 fats so you have to get them from your diet.
Omega 3 and omega 6 fats are not interconvertible in your body and are important components of practically all cell membranes.
Whereas the proteins in your cell are genetically determined, the unsaturated fats of all your cell membranes is to a great extent determined on what you eat.
Therefore you need sufficient amounts of dietary omega 6 and omega 3 fats and they need to be balanced for normal development.
Huge Problem with our Diet Today!
Since the 1900’s there’s been a rapid and unique change in our diet. The modern vegetable oil industry was developed, and it’s based on oil from seeds rich in omega 6 fats. Modern agriculture increased production by emphasizing grain feeds for domestic livestock, and grains are rich in omega 6 fats. Therefore, aggressive, industrialized agricultural management techniques have decreased the omega 3 fat content in many foods: green leafy vegetables, animal meats, eggs, and even fish.
This imbalance where omega 6 fats levels exceed omega 3 levels can be seen by comparing wild edible plants and wild animals and birds with products of modern agriculture. Products of modern agriculture frequently have drastically lower omega 3 levels.
Today the vegetable sources have an estimated omega 6:3 ratio of 10 to one. The modern diet of meat, fish, chicken, and vegetable oils has a ratio estimated to be 20 or 25 to one. Not good!
What about Cholesterol?
There’s a huge misconception that you must avoid foods like eggs and saturated fat in beef to protect your heart. Yes, it’s true that fats from animal sources contain cholesterol and this should NOT be of concern to you. This mistaken concern is based on the “lipid hypothesis” — developed in the 1950’s by nutrition pioneer Ancel Keys – that linked dietary fat to coronary heart disease. The nutrition community of that time completely accepted his erroneous hypothesis, and therefore encouraged the public to cut out butter, red meat, animal fats, eggs, dairy and other “artery-clogging” fats from their diets – an extremely radical change at that time.
Ancel screwed things up for us big time!
The terrible thing is that Keys published his analysis that claimed to prove the link between dietary fats and coronary heart disease, he selectively analyzed information from only six countries to prove his correlation, rather than comparing all the data available at the time – from 22 countries. As a result of this “hand-picked” data, government health organizations began bombarding the public with advice that has contributed to the diabetes and obesity epidemics going on to this very day: eat a low-fat diet. Not surprisingly, numerous studies have actually shown that Keys’ theory was wrong and saturated fats are in fact… healthy.
What happened was that as Americans cut out nutritious animal fats from their diets, they were left hungry. So they began eating more processed grains, more vegetable oils, and more high-fructose corn syrup, all of which are nutritional disasters. It’s this latter type of diet that eventually leads to increased inflammation, and therefore high cholesterol, in your body. So don’t let anyone scare you away from saturated fat.
Chronic inflammation is actually caused by a list of items such as:
- Emotional stress
- Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked, scrambled eggs)
- Eating trans fats
- Eating lots of sugar and grains
- Eating foods cooked at high temperatures
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Bad posture
The bottom line is that in order to lower your inflammation and cholesterol levels naturally, you must address those seven things above.
How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally
Make sure you’re getting plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega 3-fats from a grass fed source such as https://grasslandbeef.com/
I also highly recommend krill oil of which I get mine from www.BioTrust.com New research suggests that as little as 500 mg may lower your total cholesterol and triglycerides and will likely increase your HDL cholesterol.
Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars in your daily diet. It’s especially important to eliminate dangerous sugars such as fructose. If your HDL/Cholesterol ratio is abnormal and needs to be improved it will serve you well to eliminate fruits from your diet, as that it also is a source of fructose. Once your cholesterol improves you can gradually reintroduce fruit to levels that don’t raise your cholesterol.
Here are some heart healthy things for you to do:
- Vote out the political scoundrels who want to take away your basic freedom of choices that are anti-biblical so as to tell you what you can and can’t do.
- Eat a good portion of your food raw.
- Eat more cauliflower: In addition to its cancer-fighting properties, cauliflower has the critical ability to reduce inflammation in the body which is a core cause of heart disease with stress being its number one cause. Cauliflower curbs inflammation by decreasing the body’s output of inflammatory substances called prostaglandins. Cauliflower also contains omega-3 fats, which are able to penetrate layers of cholesterol-laden plaque, reducing blood vessel inflammation and preventing blood-clotting deposits from clogging arteries.
- Eat healthy, preferably raw, fats. This includes:
- Olive and olive oil
- Coconut and coconut oil
- Organic raw dairy products (including butter, cream, sour cream, cheese, etc.)
- Raw nuts
- Eggs (lightly cooked with yolks intact or raw)
- Organic, grass-fed meats
- Get the right amount of exercise. When you exercise you increase your circulation and the blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of fighting an illness before it has the opportunity to spread.
- Avoid smoking and second hand smoke.
- Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
- Avoid statin medications.
- Take 6000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 daily with a meal that contains fat.
- Receive routine chiropractic care.
- This story by Franchesca Stevens prompted Dr. Joe’s report, click on the headline below!