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Health tip for week July 12th

  • Eat more meat

Modern man (and woman) are eating far less meat that what they should be all because they have been led to believe that it is unhealthy to eat too much meat.

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that’s been praised for its ability to fight cancer, diabetes and fat, is in the news again. This time, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that CLA does, in fact, help people to lose weight.

The meta-analysis found that people who took 3.2 grams of CLA a day had a drop in fat mass of about 0.2 pounds a week (that’s about one pound a month) compared to those given a placebo.

Previous studies have also shown that CLA appears to reduce body fat while preserving muscle tissue, and the compound has become a huge boon to the supplement market, popular with bodybuilders and dieters alike.

The absolute BEST way to get CLA is naturally from grass-fed beef. Grass-fed animals have from three to five times more CLA than grain-fed animals, per American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

When we switch from grain-fed to grass-fed meat, we are simply returning to the diet of our long-ago ancestors, the diet that is most in harmony with our physiology. Every cell and every system of our bodies will function better when we eat products from animals raised on grass.

1. Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner than grain-fed beef.

2. Omega 3s in beef that feed on grass is 7% of the total fat content, compared to 1% in grain-only fed beef.

3. Grass-fed beef has the recommended ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats (3:1.)

4. 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.

5. Beef, in its natural grass-fed state, is a health food of the highest order.

Now, beware that much of the organic grass-feed beef available in the US have been fed grains. They can market the meat as grass-fed as the animals have been grass fed up to the last month before slaughter then for the last month they fatten them up on grains.

Next time you go to get your organic grass-fed beef ask your butcher whether it had been fed any grains before slaughter.

One sure thing is to look for organic meat from New Zealand or Australia as they have very tough regulations on what the animals are fed.

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July 12, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Agree and thanks for the good article, one only has to look back into the workings of Weston Price to see how many tribes such as the Masai out of Africa that ate a predominately meat diet and were very healthy, AND had of the lowest recorded levels of LDL in history.

    Pretty lucky here living in New Zealand, good quality meat and strict standards.

    Craig

    Comment by Craig | July 12, 2010 | Reply

    • You are lucky!!!!! I haven’t been to New Zealand yet but I heard it’s beautiful and the meat is amazing. I had some NZ ribeye when I was in Singapore and all I can say is “OMG”.

      Comment by coachfong | July 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Guess whats for dinner tonight?? with steamed green beans in organic butter pinch of salt, a glass of water and a slice of lemon added… its going to be good!!

    If you and Peter come to our neck of the woods I will have to show you guys the places to go in Auckland!!

    Craig

    Comment by Craig | July 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Sounds yummy. And I’m taking your offer seriously. I’m sure we will make it to Auckland very soon. Thanks.

      Comment by coachfong | July 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. Great!!

    Comment by Craig | July 27, 2010 | Reply

  4. some of the health foods that i always eat are those gluten free foods:**

    Comment by Compact Fluorescent Bulb : | October 28, 2010 | Reply


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