Posts Tagged ‘meat’

An Unjustified Knock Against Grass Fed Beef

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Animals raised in a natural environment and on their natural diet are likely be healthier, and in turn, be a source of higher quality meat. Based on this premise, choosing meat from pasture raised animals makes a lot of sense and is supported by research that has identified a number of ways in which this type of meat is superior. However, a recent study done by researchers from Texas A&M is being used to claim the opposite, that beef from grain fed cattle is healthier than beef from pasture fed cattle.

Although there are many great reasons to choose meat from pasture raised livestock, eating conventionally produced meat is not necessarily a guarantee for poor health. Someone who primarily eats whole foods, is active, and manages stress well will still be likely to enjoy good health despite the concerns associated with conventionally produced meat. However, to insinuate in a general sense that beef from grain fed cattle is healthier than that from pasture fed beef is quite a stretch in my opinion.

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Homemade Jerky: A Nutritious and Convenient Snack

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Snacking is a convenient way to suppress appetite and obtain nutrients between meals, but most snack foods are highly processed and full of sugar. The difficulty in finding a healthy and appealing snack food is a challenge that can easily ruin an otherwise healthy diet. Because of its nutritional value, convenience, and great taste, beef jerky is an excellent snack that can help to solve this problem, but as with most foods, there are a number of factors to consider in regard to quality and health.

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Hey Fat Head, You’ve Been Fed a Load of Bologna!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Fat Head by Tom NaughtonThe low fat diet has been extremely popular for decades and is still strongly promoted by doctors and even the American government. As shown by the Fat Head documentary, it’s a load of bologna and many of us are suffering the serious consequences of our unhealthy fear of fat.

A Misconception About Fast Food

Fast food is undoubtedly an unhealthy and arguably unethical food choice, but not for the reasons you may think. Conventional wisdom tells us that fast food is high in saturated fat and is a major cause of today’s obesity epidemic. However, saturated fat is far from the nutritional villain that it’s made out to be and fast food is no more to blame for obesity than any other type of restaurant food. In fact, many people are overweight as a result of the food that they buy in the grocery store and eat at home.

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The Garden of Eating: Cooking Tips for a Healthy Diet

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The Garden of Eating by Rachel Albert-Matesz and Don MateszMost people have become so reliant on the convenience of packaged and processed foods that they feel lost and overwhelmed when they consider transitioning to a healthier diet. Fortunately, with a little motivation and the right information, it’s not nearly as difficult as it may seem at first.

The healthiest diet that you can follow is one that’s based on the natural whole foods we evolved on such as meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables. Despite this, processed forms of grain, dairy, and sugar have become the most prominent foods in the modern diet and this is the reason why so many people are overwhelmed by the thought of limiting themselves to whole foods. Although this is to be expected with the prospect of such a significant change, it’s a change that’s necessary for anyone who’s serious about improving and maximizing their health. Furthermore, there’s a much wider variety of natural whole foods to choose from than most people realize, and as such, a truly healthy diet doesn’t have to be “limiting” at all.

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The Meatrix: The Revolting Reality of Factory Farming

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The Meatrix and Factory FarmingMeat, poultry and eggs are excellent sources of nutrition that support and promote optimal health. However, most people don’t realize that the selection of these foods typically found in supermarkets is of poor quality and is likely to originate from animals that were raised in horrendous conditions.

The meat, poultry and eggs that come from factory farms are often contaminated with antibiotics, pesticides and hormones and are likely to contain unbalanced and substandard levels of nutrients. Furthermore, when you purchase these foods, you’re contributing to animal cruelty and are supporting an extremely large and influential industry that’s harming the environment and pushing smaller farmers out of business.

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Why Grass Fed Beef is Better for Your Health

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Grass Fed BeefDespite the fact that humans have evolved on red meat, it’s been unduly regarded as an unhealthy food. While some of this is based on misconception, the health benefits of red meat truly depend on the livestock it comes from and how they’re raised.

As the most popular and widely available type of red meat, beef has been targeted with much of the criticism. While the beef from conventionally raised cattle deserves some of this criticism, grass fed beef is an excellent source of nutrition that promotes good health.

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KFC Grilled Chicken: Unthink Your Health!

Friday, May 8th, 2009

KFC Grilled ChickenKentucky Fried Chicken recently announced it’s grilled chicken meal and has started an advertising campaign aimed to promote it as a healthy choice. The ads ask you to “Unthink what you thought about KFC.” If you fall for this clever slogan, the only thing you’ll be unthinking is your health!

KFC Grilled Chicken Ingredients

Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for KFC, the ingredients of their food is available on their website. Here’s what’s in KFC’s Grilled Chicken:

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Is Protein Powder Needed to Build Muscle Mass?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Ask VinQuestion: I would like to take protein powder to help gain muscle mass. I plan to buy organic whey protein powder, but would also like to understand the benefits of eating organic red meat, chicken and fish.

Also, how many grams of protein should be eaten per day? I know that everyone is different, but what would you consider to be average?

Building muscle mass is hard work. In fact, it’s almost as hard as building good health, and I know from personal experience how hard it can be to accomplish either goal.

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Not Convinced About Organic Food?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Smashed EggDespite the undeniable evidence supporting the superiority of organically farmed food, many people are still not convinced enough to buy it. If you’re one of them, there are several tests you can try at home that are likely to change your mind and increase your appreciation for organic food.

Not all benefits of eating organic food are immediately apparent, and as such, it’s understandable why people are hesitant to spend the extra money on it. However, if you go about it the right way, buying organic food is not as expensive as you may think. But regardless of the cost, the following tests will hopefully convince you to buy organic based on principle alone.

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Can’t Afford Organic Food?

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Can't Afford Organic FoodThe most common excuse I hear about not eating organic food is that it’s too expensive. I have a few suggestions for you that will hopefully change your mind.

Investing in Health

There are many ways to make organic food more affordable, but before I get into them, I want to discuss the concept of investing in your health. If you think organic food isn’t worth it’s price, then I highly suggest you read about the benefits of eating organic food to make sure you understand it’s importance.

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