Many people think that grass-fed beef and pasture-raised animals is a luxury for the wealthy and that it won’t make a big difference in the end. This is a wrong assumption.
In fact, I think that meat raised correctly is so important that I would sell my car and live in a smaller house before eating factory-raised animals if money ever becomes an issue.
You probably already know that the chicken, pork or beef that you buy from the grocery store was probably very unhealthy or maybe even sick when he was alive. This reason alone is the argument that vegetarians use all the time to explain why they don’t eat meat. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to respect the environment!
Factory produced meat not only makes you sick from all the chemicals and hormones, but also gives the animal a pretty miserable life and destroys the environment all at the same time.
There is a little known reason though why regular meat makes you fat, sick and lethargic. This reason might seem trivial because we have yet to discover the depth of the problem.
Factory raised animals make no physical exercise, are stressed all the time and eat food they were not designed to eat. We feed them soy and corn instead of grass. Cows have four stomach for a reason! They’re made to eat grass. Even better, we can’t digest grass very well so cows eat the grass for energy and we then eat those cows for our own energy. It’s a beautiful synergy.
When cows eat corn and soy, they not only grow fat, but the wrong kind of fat.
You probably know about omega-3 and omega-6 fats, that they are essential fats that the body cannot make on his own and that there is an important balance to strive for with omega-3s and omega-6s.
Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory while omega-6 fats are pro-inflammatory. We need both fats. Too much omega-3s and your blood would be too thin and wouldn’t cloth well and too much omega-6 and you start experiencing all kinds of problems related to inflammation in your body.
Inflammation is the cause of almost all modern diseases. Heart disease, digestive problems, obesity, stress and diabetes are all problems that start out with inflammation somewhere.
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to have too much omega-3s since omega-6s are everywhere. The perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1 to 3:1.
This alone is the reason why you should follow a Paleo diet and say no to omega-6 laden vegetable oils and gut irritating grains.
Healthy animals that were raised properly have a ratio of about 1:1 in their omega fats while animals raised in factories all stuck-up in closed environments and eating corn and soy develop much less omega-3 in their fat.
Those animals get sick from it, then you get sick from eating those animals.
Think about all this for a while and try to do yourself a big favor by choosing pasture-raised animals that eat grass, insects and plants. If money is an issue, know that you can buy half a cow in an organic and Eco-friendly farm for 3/4 of the price of the meat you buy at the grocery if you have a freezer big enough to store it. My article on doing the Paleo diet on a budget might also be of great help.