In direct reply to the vege-fascist post!!! Sorry folks to stoop to their level!! http://www.iloveindia.com/nutrition/recipes/non-veg-dishes/goodness-of-meat.html Health Benefits of Eating Meat There are innumerable health benefits of eating meat, to say, for example, it serves as a fabulous source of high quality proteins, which a single vegetarian food is not able to provide. It contains all the essential amino acids that the body requires. The red meat contains very high quantities of iron, when compared with plant origin foods. 100 grams of Liver contains 6000 mcgm of iron as against 325 mcgm in 100-gram carrots. Read further to explore information about the advantages of eating meat… The phosphorus content present in meat gets much more easily absorbed than that present in cereals and legumes. This is owing to the fact that cereals and legumes contain phosphorus, usually in the form of phytic acid that must be hydrolyzed before absorption. Meat also serves as the main source for the intake of vitamin B12. Though meat is rich in nutrients, but, there are certain things that meat lacks in. It doesn't contain any kind of fiber, which helps to keep your digestive system in order. Also it is very high in saturated fats, thus it is recommended to eat meat, but in moderate quantities. Preserved meats like ham, bacon, salami etc should be avoided, as they are very high in terms of fats, salts, nitrites and nitrates that are often held responsible for causing cancer. It is recommended to eat not more than 60-75 grams of meat per day and not more than thrice a week. http://www.mountvernonfarm.net/benefits.html 100% Grass-fed is as good as it gets To us 100% grass-fed meat is like a preventive and curative medicine in food form. Grass-fed and pastured meat is tasty and very good for you. When animals are healthy and disease free their meat is healthy and disease free. Grass-fed meat is your safest meat choice, says Michael Hansen of Consumers Union. According to Jo Robinson of www.eatwild.com, “100% grass-fed animals cannot acquire BSE (Mad Cow Disease) ... and products from grass-fed animals may also lower your risk of becoming sickened by campylobacter or E. coli bacteria.” In ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, bison, deer, etc.), feeding grain — even if the grain is organic — produces meats that are not as healthy as 100% grass-fed meats because feeding just a little grain reduces the health benefits of the meat. (1) Grass-fed meat is a lean, flavorful health food. It provides you with high levels of the antioxidant Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which may be one of our most potent defenses against cancer and also fights and reduces obesity, heart disease, “bad” cholesterol, adult onset diabetes, and many other ailments. (2) Synthetic CLA is available in health food stores, but CLA in its natural form (from 100% grass-fed meat) is 600 times more biologically available to your body, according to Professor T.R. Dhiman of Utah State University as published in the Stockman Grass Farmer Magazine. Grass-fed meat also has six times the amount of ‘good’ Omega-3 fatty acids, the proper 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty-acids (the ratio found in plants; a ratio higher than 1:4 is detrimental to your health and grain-fed meat can have a ratio as high as 1:14), and four times the amount of vitamins E and A than grain-fed meat.(1) Grass-fed products also contain Activator X, a powerful catalyst that helps your body absorb and utilize minerals.(3) All these benefits of pasture finished meat come with about the same amount of fat as skinless chicken and a fraction of the calories.(1) You will want to eat the fat as that is where most of the benefits are concentrated. This is a super food that tastes great and is reasonably priced, especially when considering the extra nutrients in our meat. You would have to eat five to six servings of grain-fed meat to equal the nutrient intake from one serving of grass-fed, and you would be consuming all that additional, unneeded poor-quality fat and calories as well. Our grass-fed meat is different from many other grass-fed meats. We do not expose our growing animals to anything that should not be injected into, implanted in, ingested by, sprayed-on, or poured-on them. Additionally, we rarely feed any hay and we do not finish (fatten) our animals on grain. Rediscover lamb! Unlike the strong taste of grain-fed lamb, grass-fed lamb is mild and pleasant tasting. Grass-fed lamb is the healthiest meat you can eat while grain-fed lamb has significant health hindrances, according to Allan Nation of The Stockman Grass Farmer. It’s All in the Taste We know that a healthy product is appealing, but it has to taste good. Our meat tastes the way nature intended it to taste. We sell you the same meat we eat every day. With proper preparation methods, you can enjoy flavorful and tender meat. In the fall we offer apple-finished pork. Eggs from pastured hens and meat from pastured pigs are packed with more nutrients from the grass and are from happier animals as compared to conventional confinement raised animals. Cooking with Grass-Fed Meats To learn more about the all the benefits of grass-fed meats and recipes visit www.eatwild.com. Check out Nourishing Traditions cookbook by Sally Fallon for great insights into a revolutionary whole foods diet high in animal proteins. You can also purchase grass-fed meat cookbooks from us directly. Some excellent articles from Eat Wild: You Are What Your Animals Eat Confused about Fat? Beyond Organic Notes (1) Robinson, J. 2004. Pasture Perfect: The Far-Reaching Benefits of Choosing Meat, Egg,s and Dairy Products from Grass-Fed Animals. Washington:Vashon Island Press (2) Eat Wild: The Clearinghouse for Information about Pasture-Based Farming, http://www.eatwild.com (3) Fallon, S. 1995. Nourishing Traditions. Promotion Publishing http://www.healthyeatingclub.com/courses/12345food-var/5-4.php 5.4 Health benefits associated with eating meat Muscle meat Lean meat is an excellent source of ~ Protein ~ B vitamins (especially niacin, B6 and B12) ~ Iron, zinc and selenium ~ Glutathione (an anti-oxidant). Organ meats Organ meats (compared with muscle meats) are much higher in ~ cholesterol ~ iron and zinc ~ vitamin B12 and folate. ~ vitamin A (liver is the only meat that contains a significant amount of vitamin A). Find out the nutrient content of cooked organ meats From the Table Which organ meat is the greatest source of cholesterol? Which organ meat is a best source of folate? More information about nutrients in meat Activities Nutrient content of cooked organ meats Brain (lamb) Liver (lamb) Kidney (beef) Nutrient Per100g Per100g Per100g Cholesterol (mg) 1890 370 549 Iron (mg) 1.9 9.4 7.6 Zinc (mg) 1.2 3.9 2.7 Vitamin B12 (ug)* 6.0 55 31 Folate (ug)* 13.0 220 77 Vitamin A (ug) 0 19895 96 Values from the Australian Government Nutrient Composition Table (NUTTAB95). *UK values Additional Information The iron and zinc from meat is well absorbed and if meat is eaten with vegetables and cereals it also helps to improve the absorption of iron from these foods. In Australia, a large proportion of our intake of vitamin B12 comes from meat. Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in the production of red blood cells and in the maintenance of a healthy nervous system. Red meat contains glutathione, an important anti-oxidant found in the brain and so food sources of glutathione may help to keep the brain healthy.Very lean meats contain small amounts of omega 3 fats, a family of polyunsaturated fats that appear to protect against sudden death from heart disease and may play a role in keeping our minds healthy. Researchers at RMIT in Melbourne have estimated meat contributes around 20% of the omega 3 fats found in the Australian diet of men and women.