I get a lot of questions about beef. What's the difference with different types and brands of red meat? Well, there's good...
...and there's bad beef.
Just like there is good and bad fat.
If you have a cow that never sees a blade of grass, and lives in a food lot, is given daily doses of antibiotics, regular doses of growth hormone...and then on top of that, these cows are force-fed corn and soy, then it produces an abnormal, unhealthy form of fat in that cow. That's not a form of red meat anyone should be eating.
These substances, corn and soy, are very inflammatory in the body (both for humans and cows!). So, those are the things we want to try to avoid.
And I always bring my philosophy down to this: God food, man food. The stuff that God gave us from the beginning of time is the stuff that we need to be putting into our bodies to help build health. These foods will help us get over our difficult and chronic health conditions, because food truly can be medicine. There are foods that are highly inflammatory. There are foods that will reduce inflammation. Beef is a perfect example -- if you choose the right type of beef, it can help calm down that inflammation. If you choose conventional red meat, it's going to feed that inflammation.
Then there’s organic, grass-fed beef. We buy it in our regular grocery store and Walmart carries it. Aldi carries it as well. We have a Giant Eagle in my area that carries it, too. It's a little bit more expensive, but not as much if you go to Aldi. Walmart, their prices are coming down, and you might be surprised at how affordable your grass-fed beef is there.
And truly, it's worth paying a bit more.
These cows are allowed to live on green grass, and then that changes the makeup of their meat, producing an anti-inflammatory, cellular healing effect in the body. Don't let anybody tell you that cholesterol is bad for you. God put cholesterol in our body to help us heal, and it helps us make hormones. It's important for functioning in our brain and our nerves, especially in the sheath that runs around our nerves. So don't get too concerned about the fat and cholesterol contained in red meat, despite what you may hear in the news from time to time.
In fact, I have a YouTube video about beef that I made quickly while I was in the grocery store, which you can see HERE if you're interested.
My wife, she loves steak. So, I regularly get her strip steak that is grass-fed. It's a little bit more pricey, but it's so good for you health-wise. I always tell people that when you get rid of all the junk food that the average American consumes, and then if you really change to more natural foods, you will see a big difference in your well-being.
If money's the real issue with you, you can start doing things that are going to promote better health like not eating out at restaurants as frequently, which is going to save you quite a bit. And if you do eat out at restaurants, choose the right foods to eat in that restaurant.
Snack foods, pizza deliveries, and all of the things that we regularly eat as Americans, they're hurting our health. Foods like grass-fed beef help our health, and if you have to spend a little bit more money, there's no debating it: it's so worth the investment.