Red Meat: A Superior Source of Nutrition

Updated: May 10

Wait, what? What do you mean red meat is good for you? Well, its true red meat is not the criminal it has been made out to be.





CLA is an amazing polyunsaturated fatty acid that is only obtained through diet. It has been shown to fight cancer, build muscle, and prevent weight gain. Yes, it is a fat! Conjugated linoleic acid and Omega-3 fatty acids are contained in both grass and grain-fed beef. However, grass-fed beef does have a higher content of these bioavailable fats. According to a study published by California State University (1). Other sources of this include grass-fed ghee and butter. If you can afford it I would encourage you to purchase these products as often as you can. Not only will you be supporting sustainable, ancestral, and regenerative farming, but you also be supporting human farming. Cattle that are grain-fed are also said to be given items that a cow should not eat such as candy with the wrapper still on (2). First of all, I do not consider these to be foods in the slightest, and second, a ruminant animal should never consume anything besides grass.


Health Benefits of Red Meat


CLA is an amazing polyunsaturated fatty acid that is only obtained through diet. It has been shown to fight cancer, build muscle, and prevent weight gain. Yes, it is a fat! Conjugated linoleic acid and Omega-3 fatty acids are contained in both grass and grain fed beef. However, grass-fed beef does have a higher content of these bioavailable fats. According to a study published by California State University (1) . Other sources of this include grass-fed ghee and butter. If you can afford it I would encourage you to purchase these products as often as you can. Not only will you be supporting sustainable, ancestral, and regenerative farming, but you also be supporting human farming. Cattle that are grain-fed are also said to be given items that a cow should not eat such as candy with the wrapper still on (2). First of all, I do not consider these to be foods in the slightest, and second, a ruminant animal should never consume anything besides grass.


Animal Welfare


Animal welfare is something that I am very passionate about. When animals are treated well and fed a proper diet that automatically translates to a healthier you, environment, and society.

These animals are being slaughtered to sustain us and they should not be treated with anything, but kindness and the respect they deserve. That is what it means to love animals. Treat them with kindness no matter their purpose. I am still an animal lover. Yes, I do eat meat, but I do not think that a cow it intended to eat grass all its life and die. Everything has a purpose and this is a cow's purpose.


Scientific Evidence of Bioavailable Nutrients


Each child was given a snack that provided 20% of their daily food intake but supplied them with the required 38% of the calcium, 83% of the vitamin B-12, and 82% of the riboflavin recommended per day. The other snack given similar snacks included ground beef instead of milk and provided the required 86% of the zinc and 106% of the vitamin B-12 requirements, as well as 26% of the daily recommended intake. The study did not specify the quality of the products however, that does not diminish the efficacy of having these foods in a human's diet. In a perfect world, the beef would be 100% grass-fed and finished and the milk would also be 100% Grass-fed, finished, and raw.


The term bioavailability is not new. This article was published in 2003, but these researchers are using this term to describe the body's ability to absorb these nutrients. It has just gone mainstream and this is a good thing. We need to be thinking about the absorption rate of nutrients as it relates to the fine line between nourishment and malnourishment. It is becoming clear that animal-based nutrients are more bioavailable to us than plant-based nutrients and one of the reasons for this is known as anti-nutrients (3). Antinutrients are compounds that prevent the absorption of nutrients. For example, oxalates in spinach actually prevent the absorption of calcium. Whereas, lactose actually enhances the bioavailability of calcium in dairy. More on this in a future post on anti-nutrients (4).


Where Can You Get High-Quality Beef?


The best place to get high-quality meat products and support your local farmer is at a website called Eat Wild. There you can put in your location and what you are looking for. Most of the time this will be the best place to find cost-effective and high-quality grass-fed and finished meat and dairy. Eat Wild also supplies local locations for wild-caught seafood. If you aren't in close proximity to one of these farms there are store-bought options that are very high quality but will be more expensive. Some of my favorite brands are listed below. All of these brands are 100% Grassfed with a few also being Grass-finished. Thousand Hills is 100% grass-fed and finished beef. The cattle are allowed to forage for their entire lives. They are fed no grain or grain by-products. The company practices regenerative farming, as well. Thousand Hills is available at Natural Grocers and they have a store locator on their website. You can also order directly from their site. I have placed the link in the photo so click away. The same goes for Panorama Meats. They are a 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef company. They produce fantastic and diverse cuts of meat, including organs. Their liver is outstanding and by far the best I have come across. They are available at Whole Foods Market and Brookshire Brothers in Texas. Panorama Meats is currently on sale at Whole Foods for Prime Day (7.14.19). The one-pound packages are being sold for $4.99. Here is a comparison so you can see how good a price this is. A pint of strawberries cost $4.99 at Whole Foods and many other retailers. Protein and fat are much more satiating than all carbohydrate food and will keep you full for much longer. Painted Hills is another great option for grass-fed beef. However, their grass-fed line extends only to ground beef. However, it makes fantastic burgers. It is available at Chuck's Produce in my area. There is also a store locator on their website. Marketside Butcher is a brand that is available at Walmart superstores. I was skeptical at first, but after researching the brand it actually turns out that Marketside Butcher is a branch of Jonas Creek Beef. Marketside Butcher is just its name under Walmart. Jonas Creek beef is 100% Grassfed and I can attest that it is delicious. Now if there are absolutely no options in your vicinity you can always resort to online options such as Force of Nature, White Oak Pastures, and U.S. Wellness Meats. U.S. Wellness Meats and White Oak Pasturers are some of the few companies that offer online organ meats, as well.


Bottom line many people are going to benefit from having meat in their diet. While some people can thrive on a plant-based diet I do not think that this applies to most people.


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