Are Grass-Fed Beef & Other Food Sourcing Considerations A Scam?
Whenever I say the words “grass fed” or “organic” or anything else suggesting that a higher quality of meat, fish, or eggs is important, I inevitably get someone commenting on my YouTube channel saying that the whole thing is a scam.
Though I agree that there are a lot of food scams out there that have to do with words like “fresh” or “natural,” there is a big reason why I only eat grass fed beef, free range chicken, or wild caught fish: all of these foods contain fat.
Well…why is this important?
Have you ever heard the expression, you are what you eat? Well, guess what, your fat is what you eat, and your fat becomes the fat you eat.
This even goes a step further, your fat becomes what the animals you eat eat. Wow, that was insanely hard to figure out how to write in a way that makes sense, and you’re probably confused right now. So let me show you an example.
THE BLUEBERRY BEAR
Bear hunters in Alaska normally try to target bears who have either just emerged from their hibernation or who do not have ready access to coastal waters to get fish. The reason? As bears go into their hibernation, they switch their consumption from fish to berries. Wait too long and the bears will be gobbling either live fish or dead fish that have washed up ashore. This makes their meat taste like old fish. But meat from bears that have eaten nothing but berries for a few months tastes amazing.
The most prized bears are those that have feasted on blueberries. Blueberry bear meat even has a purplish color because of the massive amounts of blueberries the bear consumed in the last months of its life.
MORE COMMON MEAT
Well chances are that you won’t be feasting on bear anytime soon, so let’s talk about beef, chicken, and wild caught fish. In the factory setting, cattle, chicken, and fish are all fed Omega 6 fatty acid laden corn, grain, and other feeds. As such, their fat also becomes laden with Omega 6.
Omega 6 is an essential fatty acid. We need it to survive because it helps give rise to inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation helps us to heal and recover. But the problem is that most of us have too much inflammation. We have too much inflammation because we are already eating too much Omega 6. This is because it is also found in so many of the other foods that we eat.
To demonstrate this difference, take a look at these cuts of beef in the picture below:
The grass fed beef has a more yellowish fat and has less fat on it in general. Grain fed beef has white fat, and a there’s a lot more fat on it. Of course, the grain fed beef tastes better and makes for a more buttery steak, but this comes at a serious risk to your health: increased levels of inflammation from Omega 6 fatty acids found in the beef.
OTHER REASONS TO GO GRASS-FED/WILD-CAUGHT/PASTURE-RAISED/FREE-RANGE/ORGANIC
It's as easy as the phrase, "you are what you eat ate," or, "you are what you eat has eaten." Whichever you prefer, what we're saying is that the factors of the environment and food that you eat are getting passed on to you-period.
Oftentimes, animals in common meat are fed cheap food, light in nutrients and potentially heavy in genetic modifications, additional toxins, pesticides and other negatives from various poor agricultural practices. These can have potentially harmful issues on us as we consume these animals/plants later on, including unnatural, unfavorable hormonal fluctuations, neurotoxicity, digestive issues, and even force us to tap into a host of other disease pathologies.
Want the simple, non science version? Want your shit to run like a Ferrari but you're stuck feeding it like it's a used '81 Honda? Not gonna happen unless you've won the genetic lottery...even then, you're still likely to be unhealthy 'under the hood' and potentially have to deal with downstream health issues later in life.
BUT THIS STUFF IS EXPENSIVE!
Yes and so is having heart disease or cancer. But on a very practical note, those of you who come to read this blog to seek fitness advice do not need to eat as much protein as you think you do. That 1-2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight idea is a myth, and science demonstrates that you can build muscle on as little as 0.45-0.6 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day.
My advice here is to buy less meat, but to make sure that you buy quality grass fed beef.
Moreover, you can sale shop-most grocers have certain days where you can find quality meats on sale and time when you load up. Grass-fed beef can regularly be found for $4-5/lb. Or consider going online to places like Butcher Box, U.S. Wellness Meats, or Arizona Grass Fed Beef and get bulk quality meat on the cheap.
Not all fat is created equal. Fat that is higher in Omega 3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation, is highly beneficial to anyone seeking to improve their health.
Fat that is higher in Omega 6 fatty acids, on the other hand, increases your levels of inflammation and increases your risk of disease. This is because your intake of Omega 6 is probably already too high.
So, in case you were wondering, this is why we recommend grass fed, free range, and wild caught sources of meat.
If you’re interested in learning about the other foods we recommend, download our free Keto Camp Grocery list athttp://newsletter.warriorsoulketocamp.com.