If you follow the latest in nutrition and diets, you may already know why you should skip the supermarket beef and opt for grass fed animals. Not only are grass fed cattle treated with respect and cared for humanely, they are much healthier.
Confined Cattle are Hazardous to Your Health
There is a term in the food industry for conventional industrial livestock operations (i.e. raised in horrible conditions) called “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations” (CFAOs). Cattle raised in CFAOs are raised to fatten quickly and given growth promoting drugs, including antibiotics.
Every time you eat a piece of beef that has been raised in a CFAO, you are ingesting the drugs and antibiotics that were fed to the cow. Over time you will become antibiotic resistant. Over 20,000 Americans die each year because they have become resistant to antibiotics. Drugs fed to cattle raised in the USA are banned in most countries.
Antibiotics destroy the good flora that live in our gut. This good bacteria is essential for our immune system and to maintain a high level of health. Long term harm to a person’s immune system will most likely result in unpleasant health conditions.
Always Eat Animals That Are Raised Naturally
Meat from cattle that have been fed on grains (usually corn and soy that are GMOs) are low in nutrition. Cows fed naturally on grass have much higher levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. This is also important when consuming dairy. Milk should be raw, from grass fed cattle. Buy either raw butter or at least butter that comes from grass fed cows.
Chickens and Pigs
Cattle are not the only animals that are raised inhumanely with bad food and drugs. Chickens and pigs are also bred in the CFAOs. Their meat is also unhealthy. Organic, free-range eggs are quite economical and much better for your health.
Limit Your Animal Protein
Whether you choose to be a vegetarian,vegan, or meat eater, that is up to you. The majority of Americans eat far too much animal protein. It is not necessary to gorge on huge portions of meat even if you are following a low carb or paleo lifestyle. If a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is not for you, please make sure the animal products you consume have been raised naturally, not only for your health, but for the sake of the animal.