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How to Eat Healthy-Finding Quality Meat

 

Continuing on with finding quality whole food, today we discuss finding quality grass-fed, free range meat, eggs and dairy.

First, you may wonder why you should go through the trouble of buying, not just organic, but grass-fed, pasture raised meat, eggs and dairy. So, we’ll hit this point first.

Problems with feed-lot, traditionally raised animals (1) (2)

  • remains of other animals, including other cattle, in feed (this was the cause of mad cow disease)
  • use of hormones and antibiotics
  • use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) feed
  • can be infected with staph, Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and Enterococcus
  • feed can contain inorganic arsenic
  • High levels of omega 6 fat with artificially low levels of omega 3
  • Europeans refuse to buy US chicken-which has been banned in Europe.
  • By-products are commonly used in feed such as:
    • candy
    • bakery waste-stale bread and pastries
    • potato waste-including french fries and potato chips
    • unheated starch/pasta
    • other animals

Benefits of grass-fed beef (1)

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3s
  7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  8. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

Benefits of free-range eggs and chicken (1)

  1. 1/3 less cholesterol than commercial eggs
  2. 1/4 less saturated fat
  3. 2/3 more vitamin A
  4. 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  5. 7 times more beta carotene

Here are some charts from www.eatwild.com highlighting the benefits of healthy, quality meat.

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Now that you know how much healthier quality meat is…just where can you find it? I’ll first let you know what my family does. We buy our meat from a local farmer we met at our farmer’s market. We place large orders with him every few weeks. During the growing season, we pick it up at the market. In the off season, he delivers to a pick up spot, as long as he has enough orders. This farmer  sells everything from free-range eggs, chicken, beef, yogurt, buttermilk, butter, and ice cream.

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If we run out of meat, eggs, etc, we’ll turn to the local grocery store. I think you’ll be surprised just how much high quality meat, eggs and dairy are in your local store. Wegman’s and Giant store chains both sell organic grass fed meat and free range chicken at reasonable prices. (comparable to our farmer) When we are out of eggs, we  buy Pete and Gerry’s free range eggs, which are widely available in stores all over the country.

If you want to stay away from grocers for your meat, and buy from local family farms, which is my preference, I’ve done some research for you.

To find a local farmer in your area, you’ll want to go to either EAT WILD or LOCAL HARVEST and do a search for farmers in your area. Go to the farm, a reputable farmer should allow visits. Anyone who doesn’t allow you to tour their farm is a red flag. Ask questions…find out if they deliver to your home or if there is a pick up spot. (like my farmer.)

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http://www.eatwild.com/products/

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Local Harvest Farms

Local Harvest Meat Store

If you live in a very remote place, or can’t find a farmer in your area, below is a list of companies that ship nationwide. All the companies below are organic and grass-fed. You’ll have to compare prices. Some of the prices were quite high from what I normally pay. Don’t forget to factor in shipping. This list is by no means all inclusive. If you do an internet search, I’m sure there are other companies not on the list.

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Best price-handling fee/free shipping-orders must be over $75

http://grasslandbeef.com/

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Free shipping on orders over $250. Other $15.95 per order for ground shipping/ $39.95 for overnight

www.organicprairie.com

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Free shipping over $150. Other-standard shipping is $19.95. Expedited shipping $49.95/overnight $125.

www.greensbury.com

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Along with organic produce subscriptions, they also have meat.

Other orders are $5 flat fee per box.

Free delivery on orders over $75

doortodoororganics.com

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Organic grass fed beef only- Shipping-Free shipping over $200 for orders east of the Mississippi. Discounted shipping over $200 on orders west of the Mississippi.

https://rockymtncuts.com/

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Butcher box is a subscription service, much like produce subscriptions and delivered right to your door. Boxes start at $129 for a 7 – 10 pound box. with free shipping.

www.butcherbox.com

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If you’re looking for some unusual meats this is the place! I was unable to find their shipping prices. Here are some of their products.

https://www.blackwing.com/

  • Wild boar
  • Kobe Beef
  • duck
  • elk
  • goat
  • ostrich
  • rabbit
  • venison
  • elk
  • lamb

So, there you have it. Hopefully, some of this information was helpful for you. Let me know if you  have any questions or if I missed something. Have a great day all and God Bless!

Sources

  1. http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm
  2. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-buy-organic-dairy-meat.html

 

About Tamara Hoerner (802 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

10 Comments on How to Eat Healthy-Finding Quality Meat

  1. Sigh, I wish it could be easier and more affordable to find good quality meat in Hong Kong. The local grocers (i.e. wet markets) tend to source their meat from Mainland China, and who knows what sort of hormones and other chemicals have been used in the process. Apparently there are even fake eggs in China!

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  2. Hi, I wanted to stop by to let you know Esmé nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  This is my second nomination in the last four weeks,  Bern was the first.  If you don’t know them check out their great blogs.  I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You are not obligated to participate though I hope you will enjoy being nominated.   I love your blog.
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    • 🙂 Thank you so much for the nomination. I am absolutely honored. So kind of you. I did go award free on 1/24/2017. Since going award free, I have received 4 more nominations. I will officially decline however, I am thinking of doing a “thank you” blog this next week as a shout out to everyone who nominated me but not participating completely. Thanks again for the nomination! I truly appreciate it! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for doing this research and putting this information out there. I do the exact same thing: buy local meat from farmers at my farmers market. I buy in bulk only twice a year and store it in my deep freeze, so less deliveries to have to schedule.

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    • You’re welcome! 🙂 I believe high quality meat is sooo important. I want ppl to understand just how bad feedlot meat is. I will probably do an article on just that topic at some point. Thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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