Updated on January 2, 2019
Grass fed, grain fed, free range, organic debate
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Beef it’s whats for dinner, but so is pork, chicken and fish.There are many people on the internet touting the great benefits of grass fed beef. According to The University of Texas A&M animal science department, grass fed beef is no better for your health than grain fed beef.
The study found that grass fed beef has more omega 3 fatty acids and grain fed beef has more Oleic acid and less saturated/trans fats, but there is no difference in long term health benefits.
Many websites claim that meat from grass fed beef is lower in cholesterol than grain fed beef but studies found no difference in cholesterol levels.It sounds like the people who are pushing grass fed beef are full of Bull and need to do more research themselves. You do not have to buy the more expensive meats from grass fed beef to help you get healthier or lose weight.
Now lets take a look at the pros and cons of free range chicken, pork and organic foods. Free range refers to the animals being able to freely roam around a pasture but with boundaries. There are always fears of predatory animals killing the free range animals and costing farmers precious income and increasing the cost of the meat. Animals that are allowed to roam freely do get more exercise and growers claim the meat does taste better.
Free range is defined by the Government as an animal allowed to roam freely for as little as 5 minutes a day. Claims of more humane treatment of free range animals are also exaggerated, because they are still slaughtered just like caged animals.
Organic is a food product produced 95% synthetic pesticide free and no added dyes. The Government does not strictly enforce this and many companies claim organic when in reality it is not truly “Organic”.
Most people today really don’t care if their food is organic or free range because they look at price especially if they are on a budget. There is a difference in taste but consumers are used to eating store bought meat products and may not care about the slight taste difference.
There are some health benefits to free range like the animals having a more natural diet like insects, which does help control the insect population. Still we have not uncovered any true facts that free range is really any better for you than traditional.
There is also a big debate between the health benefits of organic vs conventional meats and produce. A Stanford study has found that there is no health difference between organic and conventionally raised meats and produce.
While conventional produce did have higher levels of pesticides than organic(yes organic still uses pesticides), they are under the Government safety limit. If you wash your produce before you eat it most of the pesticide residue will be removed.
Soak fruits and vegetables in a solution of water and baking soda before you eat them(Wash them right after you bring them home from the store). Fill a large bowl with water and 2 or 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Allow the produce to soak for 2-5 minutes and up to 15 minutes if time permits,then rinse with cold water.
Salad greens can be dried with a salad spinner and all other produce can be patted dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. As long as you wash your produce before you eat it you will reduce the amount of pesticides you eat.
Organic produce is not any better for you than commercially grown produce if you take the time to wash it thoroughly. If you want to eat healthy and lose weight on a budget, eat conventional produce and save money.
Your first choice should be to buy locally grown produce in season if you have a farmers market in your city. Their prices are in line with commercially grown produce,tend to have less pesticides and we firmly believe in buying locally to support your local small business. Most locally owned supermarkets buy their meats and produce from local farms.
Now you know that Organic, free range, grass fed animals and produce really have no added health benefits you should be starting your New Year off with The Hybrid Keto Diet and get healthy without breaking your bank account. Now you know good health is not costly ,it is priceless!
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