When it comes to eating well, it is easy to get caught up in the money of it all, because we have to! But, frequently, if we can purchase good quality beef, even grass-fed beef, the cost is worth it.
In our own family, improving the quality of food equals lowering the cost of medical care and costs. For many people I talk to, money is always the bottom line (it is for our family!), yet all agree that eating healthy and organic is the best thing we can do.
The health benefits of grass-fed meat far outweighs eating the typical, even just organic meats found in many grocery stores. First, the ground beef in the grocery stores is filled with slime, a grocer’s technique to expand the shelf-life of meat. While I am not quite sure what is slime, it is safe to say that the contents are not beef.
Plus, traditional grocery-store meat from non grass-fed cows is not nearly as nutritious as the cows raised in their own habitat. Giving cows genetically modified corn does not count as good nutrition for cows or for people.
What is the big deal about grass-fed beef?
Most people think that grain-fed sounds really nutritious, but there are two problems. First, the cows were not created by the Creator to eat such foods, but plain old grass! Meaning their physical make-up was made for grass eating.
Secondly, because of this not-so-natural diet, the generally corn diet provides an imbalance in the nutritional diet of the animals. The ratio in grass of omega 6 fatty acids to omega 3 fatty acids is 1:1, however, the ratio in the unnatural diet is more around 4:1. This of course, transfers to us, the people eating this diet. Reference
Corn is not a good diet for anyone.
If corn is added to a cow’s diet, the ratio of omega 6 to 3 is 30:1! Many believe this distortion of omega fatty acids in food in general is one reason why we have such an increase in health problems in our country. You can read more about omega fatty acids here.
Add to that, the extra boost of conjugated linoleic acids in grass-fed meats, which are responsible for helping your body heal from cancer, diabetes, obesity and many other autoimmune illnesses, and well, you have a sound argument for spending that extra money.
So, you can see where this is going…
Why can’t we just take Omega 3 Fatty acid supplements?
Well, actually you can, and honestly, while we eat some grass-fed meat and drink grass-fed bone broth, we still take supplements. However, when you look at the ratios of corn fed cows, and the gap of 30:1 in omega 6 to omega 3. It becomes apparent that we are sort of washing our nutrition down the sink.
Honestly, in America, we are running a race against the use of unhealthy growing and raising practices, and the use of genetically modified organisms. Omega 3 fatty acids bridge the gap of low nutrition, but you may need to take more than you can tolerate, or find other sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
Grass-fed beef is worth the cost.
You have to count the cost for your family. How many health issues do you have? Is there diabetes, obesity, autoimmune, or even heart disease? What about someone with cancer? As you can tell, grass-fed beef and its dairy products contain far more nutrients than traditional beef we buy in the grocery stores.
I know that our family counts the cost every time we buy grass-fed meat, but I never regret it. While we simply cannot afford to buy grass-fed meat on a regular basis, I can say that our grass-fed meats do seem to go further than the traditional, even organic meats. Trying to find online suppliers who will ship to me in bulk is my mission. Locally, grass-fed beef is hard to come by, even at the butchers. I simply buy it when I can afford it and I can find it.
Finally, I add my own special needs child’s need for good nutrition. He could barely digest the calories he was given when he was little, so the more nutritious, the better. Feeding him good quality food, especially grass-fed beef and butter, really improved his health and even his teeth! Some even say that if you have to choose what organic foods you buy, grass-fed beef is at the top of the list.
How would your family benefit?