Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef, A Recipe and Part 2 of The Kalahari Series…

Writing
I feel like I’ve been writing all morning. I’ve put myself in a quiet space to firstly catch up on mail, my inbox was getting out of control, I just know that if I don’t sit back and dedicate time to it, the day is going to run along and throw other to-do’s at me and before long somebody is going to me mad at me for not answering mail.
Yesterday I asked whether you’d be keen on the sweet potato cottage pie recipe and I got loads of ‘yes please’ replies,  so wanted to get that done for you too and then I need to write Part 2 of the Kalahari Series.
If you are buying Kalahari 100% Grass Fed beef, I might beg you to put aside some time to chew through the essays so that you really understand what you’re buying. More than the healthiest beef I know of, you’re buying healing. I know that sounds dramatic, but it is literally what this is. I can’t explain why in a short sentence, there is so much to this topic so that’s why I’m attempting to break it up in a series.
Before I post the recipe and the next article on the practice of Holism that is behind Keith’s farm, I thought back to a study Keith was reading data from over the week-end that shows the health benefits of grass-fed beef over grain-fed. I went to find it and thought I’d quickly summarise that for you here.
For more in-depth information go and have a look at www.eatwild.com. There is so much there, and the data is all referenced.
 
Studies have proved grass-fed beef to be lower in total fat, higher in beta-carotene, higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), higher in B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin, higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium, higher in total omega -3s, a healthier ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84), higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter, higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA) and lower in the saturated fats that are linked to heart disease. This data comes from a 2009 study which was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina which compared the differences between grain and grass-fed animals. 
S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, (published online) June 2009, “Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: III. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin and cholesterol content.
 
We are indeed blessed to have farmers like this in our world and to eat food of this calibre, amidst the craziness of a city scrambling to find decent food and some soul.
Warmest, warmest, warmest Regards, Debbie
Stay warm, Stay nourished..

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