Eat Beef! It Does A Body Good
I know. I know. The food police insist beef is bad, bad, bad, but it's not. It's good, good, good.
Good as in tasting. Good as in healthy and heart-protecting. Good as in muscle-building.
And you don't have to cut off every scrap of fat you find because saturated fat's good for us, too! Another thing that makes the food police tense. Poor, sad people. Life is such a burden.
But not for thee and me! We've been set free to enjoy beef!
We're obviously going to have to talk about this and clear up some misunderstandings, though.
Not all beef is good
First, not all beef is good. Most of what you get at the grocery store comes from factory farms, and it's as bad as the food police say it is. Because of what factory farms do to it.
Factory farms keep their cows pretty much rump to rump all day and all night, for life. Beef is muscle meat, but what kind of muscle tone can you expect from a beast that can't move?
Then instead of feeding the cows the grass their four stomachs expect, factory farms shovel them full of grain and soybeans. Which throws a cow's digestive system into total turmoil. The first stomach doesn't have a clue, so it passes everything on without doing an iota of the digestive work. The second and third stomachs do a little better, but apparently all the last stomach can figure out to do is pump gas and cause a lot of tooting further down the line.
Plus, the grains, and especially the soybeans which are poison from the start, have been sprayed with insecticides, herbicides, all kinds of 'cides' because they're dirty plants. Well, you are what you eat, even when you're a cow, so all the 'cides' permeate the meat, which adds them to our diet, too.
And the grains and soybeans are typically genetically-modified, which practice is raising eyebrows around the world because of mounting evidence that it causes genetic damage. This GMO business has only been around for a few years, so I guess we'll wait twenty or so more years to see how it all works out.
Somehow this wait-around business doesn't sound like a plan to me. Nor to some other countries, which are starting to ban the practice. But it appears nobody's home at the FDA.
Beef with growth hormones
But there's more! Besides treating their cows to a rump-to-rump, garbage-eating life, factory farms shoot them up with bovine growth hormone to make them grow more quickly. When you hear the word 'hormone,' think endocrine system, and this stuff wreaks havoc with yours. Breast or prostate cancer, anybody?
Then there's the fact that the poor cows' lifestyle causes disease, so the cows get antibiotics-which they graciously pass along to us. And we get to become antibiotic-resistant without even taking antibiotics! Efficient, eh?
And, to top it all off, the beef isn't very nutritious.
Grass fed beef cows
So I must be talking up some other kind of beef, right?
Oh, indeed! I'm talking about beef from grass-fed cows that are allowed to wander around the pasture, munching as they go. No 24/7 rump-to-rump living, no grains or soybeans they can't digest, no growth hormones and no antibiotics.
And here's the kicker: Not only do we avoid the bad stuff, these cows produce nutritionally-rich beef. More minerals, more natural beta carotene, more vitamin E, and a good amount of CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which does a body real good. (But don't eat the synthetic supplements; they're a whole different story.) And the list goes on.
When you eat beef, you get the full range of amino acids your body needs. When you eat beef (or any good protein), your body realizes you're not starving it, so it consents to shedding weight. When you eat beef, you get nutrition you can't get from any other source.
If your local stores don't carry grass-fed beef, check out Eat Wild. (I have no relation.)
Beef: It does a body good.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.