Sometimes we get caught up in the money of it all, because we have to! Really, we have to be able to pay for our food…
Yet, when the cost of medical care without a natural and organic diet, versus the cost of the lack of need for extensive medical care with a natural and organic diet, probably is close to being an equal match in cost. But, it really is a transition that requires work and careful planning.
Unfortunately, outside of organic fruits and vegetables, one of the most expensive organic foods is grass-fed beef and pastured poultry. Still, the health benefits of grass-fed meat far outweigh eating the typical, even organic meats found in many grocery stores.
What is the big deal about grass-fed meat?
Well, the general gist is that with the meat found in most stores, the cows (and other animals) are fed grains, nuts, seeds and fruits. While that sounds really nutritious, the problem is two things. First, the cows were not created by the Creator to eat such foods, but plain old grass! Secondly, because of this not-so-natural diet. it provides and 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
If corn is added to their diet, the ratio 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. Plus, I add our special needs children’s need for good nutrition; I know without a doubt that my own family’s health has improved. We do not have to be unhealthy special needs families! Reference
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.
You can see that grass-fed meat is much better for you.
You have to count the cost for your family. How many health issues do you have? Is there diabetes, obesity, or even heart disease? Do you or someone have an autoimmune deficiency?
While, yes, our family counts the cost every time we buy meat, I can say that our grass-fed meats do seem to go further than the traditional, even organic meats. No, I do not like the cost, and yes, I find online suppliers who will ship to me, bulk. Local would be great, but where we live, it is rarely available in consistent quantities. However, every time I manage to buy grass-fed meat, I don’t regret it.
Grass-fed meat is probably one of the most important natural organic foods you can buy for your family.
Blessings to you and your family~Kim