Healthy Meat Consumption
Lean beef is a wonderful source of protein when you stick to two simple rules…
First, serving size: A serving of meat – whether it’s beef, lamb or fish – should be no more than 4 oz (about the size of the palm of your hand).
Second, eat only grass-fed beef: For most of human history, our ancestors only ate beef from animals raised on grass. Why? Because cows are designed to eat grass.
But over the past 100 years, there’s been a major shift in our diet – and we’re just now starting to feel the impact of it. “Big Agriculture” started feeding livestock with grains to save money and increase production, but we’re the ones paying the price with our health. Here’s why this change has been so harmful…
Grass-fed beef has a natural, balanced ratio of omega-6 fats to omega-3 fats – the ratio is about 3:1, which is perfect.
But when your ratio is any higher than 4:1, you start getting serious health problems: heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and more.
Modern, grain-fed beef can have a ratio of 20:1 or even higher! Grain-fed beef is deficient in healthy omega-3s but it’s loaded with omega-6s, which are extremely unhealthy at these high levels.
Grass-fed beef is healthier, it’s leaner, and it tastes better.
Just like with grass fed beef, Paleo and Keto diets prohibit grain consumption because grains initiate hormonal signals to our bodies to store fat. To learn more about your body’s hormonal response to food click here.