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As people are
looking for healthy lifestyles, they are changing the
way they eat, but the deceptive labels on many foods
are creating more problems.
history, simple diet has been a function of low
income. The most nutritious foods are the least
expensive: whole fruits and vegetables, unprocessed
dairy, whole grains. As lifestyle became more complex,
and incomes grew, expensive, empty, processed,
nutrient-deficient foods were popularized by marketing
and advertising - the foods of commerce". Royal
Lee, DDS, Nutritionist, created Standard
Fat Free &
What does it
mean? The fat in the dairy products are removed via a
centrifuge and thus the fat is separated out. This
will, however, make the food bland and thus they will
put in the additives such as sugar, flour or other
substances. Fat free will usually mean they’ve added
a lot of sugar. See our article – Low
or Sugar Free
manufacturer exchanges sugars for artificial
sweeteners. They will also add things that you wouldn’t
find in real food. Read the labels.
Diet Soda ingredients may surprise you.
This has become a
true fad. People are going on gluten free diets and
you can find shelf after shelf of "gluten
free" foods. Look at the labels. Many
gluten-free products are high carb and contain many
more sugars and fats. Read the label to see what is
really in these products. Here is an article on this. Gluten
Free Foods Are they healthy?
Go to the produce department.
necessary for the body and if you don’t eat it, your
body will make it. Read this article - Cholesterol
Natural Food or
can be deceptive. There are no FDA guidelines and this
term is not regulated by any certification. Foods that
are "natural" can include pesticides,
hormones, and harmful chemicals. Read the label.
foods can still be full of carbs and sugars.
For some foods
such as fruits, vegetables and meats, organic will be
better than conventionally grown foods. See article Organically
Grass Fed Beef
or Pasture Raised
same? That's what they want you to
But because the cow is let out to
graze, doesn't mean she's hungry. The cow which
is fed grains as a diet, but can also eat grass, can
be called pasture-raised. You can even
find milk products that state "pasture
raised" in an attempt to sound
Grass Fed Beef
or Vegetarian Fed
Vegetarian fed means that the cows are
feed corn, grain, and soy.
They can also be fed protein supplements, and growth hormones, which make animals grow at a much faster rate.
On this type of diet, it only takes a little over a year before a calf is ready for slaughter. This is a faster and more profitable
It comes with dangerous consequences to our health. Switching animals from a grass-fed diet to a grain diet damages their digestive system, which is remedied with antibiotics in order to prevent sickness or death.
Grass-fed beef is lower in total fat than grain-fed beef, and many studies have shown that it is higher in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
The term "grass fed" had become increasingly popular in the beef industry over the last few years to evoke images of idyllic, green pastures with cows contentedly grazing. However, with the growing popularity the term has been overused.
In contrast, grass fed is currently being used in reference to any animal that 1.) Was fed a grass-based diet prior to grain finishing or 2.) An animal raised on pasture but butchered while still in a growth or immature stage. This results in meat that is just like conventional feedlot beef (1) or beef that is very lean and contains little fat (2).
The Importance of Grass Finished
Grass finished means the animal has reached physical maturity and was kept on grass while developing exterior and intramuscular fat.
No grain is ever fed to grass finished animals and this process will typically take from 24-36 months (compared to the 18-20 months for feedlot cattle). This is the largest factor why true grass finished beef will cost more than feedlot beef or lower quality grass fed beef. It is also why grass finished has superior health benefits and eating experience.
Idaho Beef. For those who cannot find
grass-finished beef, you can order online from
What to buy?
Don’t be fooled
by marketing tricks. Read over all the ingredients and
understand the ingredients.
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