Grass Fed Beef

I just bought 50lbs of grass fed beef.  It really doesn’t look any different than any other type of meat, and, that’s what 50lbs looks like in our GYM’s freezer LOL (See below). Didn’t have room in the freezer at the house, so, the gym will have to work. I will just have to bring a few packages home every other day.

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WHAT IS GRASS FED BEEF? WHY IS IT BETTER THAN REGULAR BEEF? WHY SHOULD ALL ATHLETES EAT GRASS FED BEEF?

Read this: http://www.marunde-muscle.com/articles/grassfed.html

That is from the late Jesse Marunde. He was a former Olympic Weightlifter (turned strongman) who placed 2nd in the 2005 Worlds Strongest Man contest. If you read his interview on that site- he also says he was coached “by the legendary Steve Gough.” Just had to throw that in there haha!

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Pricing: Sure, it is more expensive. So are the fresh blueberries, strawberries, kiwi’s and free range eggs that I buy. But, how important is performance to you? If you stop eating out 1-2x per week that will pay for the extra $ it takes to buy all these fresh foods (AND grass fed meat)! This was $5.49/lb. I have gotten it for $4.99/lb before. If you look hard enough AND buy in bulk, you can get it around $4.25/lb.

If this is something you are dead set on…Which, if ANY of you are athletes, you should be, check out this link: http://eatwild.com/

Or, just google “Grass fed beef in (insert city, state here).”

Plus, doesn't this guy look happy? haha!!

From a nutritional standpoint let’s take a look at some of the differences. Grass-fed animals produce:
•500 % more CLA
•400% more Vitamin A
•300 % more Vitamin E
•75% more Omega 3s
All that, and we’re just getting warmed up!

So just what is CLA?
Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is a good fat found almost exclusively in the meat and dairy products of ruminant animals. Notice it’s a “good fat” which means it’s found in “the fat” of animals that we’ve all been taught to avoid. Interestingly enough, in animal studies it has been shown repeatedly that the consumption of CLA can inhibit the growth of tumors. Scientists consider CLA to be one of the most potent of all naturally occurring anti-carcinogens. Some of you may have seen artificial forms of CLA available as a nutritional supplement in your local health food stores.

However, naturally occurring CLA from ruminant animals is 600% more effective at fighting cancer than anything in pill form. Animals fed small amounts of grain during their lifespan, then finished on pasture have less than half the CLA of animals raised exclusively on pasture. In addition, animals moved from a pasture operation to a grain fed one will lose almost all of their CLA in just five days of grain! This is vitally important! What this means is, if your animal is butchered at a slaughterhouse instead of in the pasture where it roams, it will have been fed grain. Not only do you want grass-fed beef and lamb, but you want to know that it wasn’t fed any grain prior to butchering.

Now for Vitamin A, E and the omega 3’s…

Vitamin A is a critical fat-soluable vitamin that is necessary for growth and tissue healing, healthy skin, normal vision, cancer prevention, anti-oxidation, cell division and cell differentiation, just to name a few. Supplementary Vitamin A is used in the treatment and prevention of both infectious and noninfectious diseases by supporting the production and function of white blood cells.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to stabilize cell membranes and protect the tissues of the skin, eyes, liver, heart and lungs. In addition it is used to stabilize blood fats protecting the blood vessels, heart and entire body from free radical damage.
Our bodies cannot make omega 3s and they must be consumed regularly in our diet. The omega-3 fatty acids are formed in the green leaves of plants, algae and phytoplankton. Animals grazing on these “salad greens” store omega 3s in their body tissues, which are ultimately passed on to humans through the food chain. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and play an important role in the reduction of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and asthma.

3 Comments

  1. Looks like you’re really being aware of what you’re eating. Although, the term Grass Fed Beef is something like the whole organic phase. It’s a marketing tactic to sell more beef for farmers. I grew up taking care of cattle and especially eating good beef. The thing that’s interesting is your beef tastes like what the animal eats. If they’re ranging cattle they’re going to taste pretty bland while those that spend their whole times in a feedlot are going to be fatty. What happens a lot of the time is they spend most of their time in pastures or being fed hay, but when a farmer wants to sell them they end up at a feedlot for some time before they’re sold. If you’re looking for good beef find a farmer who has Limousine Cattle. Naturally low in body fat and well muscled.

  2. If you’re looking for good meat go ahead and make sure that it’s lean. A great company that really takes care of what goes into making good meat is Laura’s Lean Beef. Good Luck.

  3. Wow…Thanks a bunch for the comments Kaleb! This is why I love this blog. Because I get to learn too!! I will have to look up Laura’s Lean Beef too. Do you know if there is any places in the area I could get that from? Or if they ship? Seriously, I appreciate the information. IF you wanted you could write a piece on it and I’d post it on the blog! Haha just saying, I’d love to learn more about it- because I know the general benefits, but you know the inner workings of it it seems..


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