Beef...It's What's for Dinner!
5 Reasons to Eat Grassfed Beef for Building Lean Muscle
As a Paleo dieter who throws around heavy weights, I can’t think of a more powerful food than grassfed beef. The news might tell you that red meat will lead to cancer and death but I’m here to show you how grassfed beef will actually fight cancer while building lean muscle!
Unlike grass (which have an alkalizing effect on the ph of the cow), grain is extremely acidic (for us too!) and negatively affects the ph balance of the cow. This is known as acidosis causes bacteria to build up and ultimately leads into the antibiotics given to cows we have all heard about.
Grassfed Beef Benefit #1: Healthy Fat Profile
As Paleo dieters, we know a healthy diet should have an omega 6 to 3 fatty acid ratio of roughly 4-1 or better.
It's Less known that grain-fed cows have an omega 6 to 3 ratio around 20 to 1. You’re getting 20 times more omega 6 fatty acids than omega 3. The problem with this is that similar to vitamins, when one fatty acid (omega 6) greatly outnumbers the other (omega 3), the omega 6 fatty acid can interfere with the metabolism of the omega 3. With a healthy balance of fats, the cells will function correctly, partioning nutrients in a way that burns fat while fasted and builds building muscle when anabolic after a meal.
The Truth About Trans-Fat
artificial trans-fat in the chips, crackers, and just about everything else that helps food manufacturers make more money by adding a longer shelf life and better flavor.
Ever heard of Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils? These are created when manufacturers blast “seed” oils with hydrogen which creates an artificial saturated fat (trans-fat). You’ll see “partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil” on many products which suggests the false assumption that the product is healthy and provides vegetables. These are the trans-fats you need to stay away from.
The trans-fat in healthy grass fed beef is known as trans-vaccenic acid. The general health community lumps these two fats together but it is clear to see that they are different. A study shows here just how little we know about trans-vaccenic acid and this study shows that it might have greater health benefits than even CLA! Trans-vaccenic acid is even used to synthesize the antioxidant powerhouse CLA just mentioned. Imagine that…
Grassfed Benefit #2: CLA for Weight Loss
CLA is an antioxidant and another benefit I enjoy when I eat grass fed beef. CLA has gotten a lot of attention lately because studies show that consumption leads to weight loss and also fights against diseases such as
cancer and chronic inflammation! Research is suggesting that even a .5% increase in CLA can reduce tumors by 50%!
CLA is also known for its abilities to reduce body fat deposits and preserve muscle mass. This is prime time for somebody concerned about building a muscular physique.
Grassfed Beef Benefit #3: Vitamin E for Homeostasis
It might seem strange associating red meat with vitamins and minerals, however grassfed beef is packed with them (up to four times more Vitamin E than grainfed beef). Vitamin E fat soluble vitamin that plays a huge role within the anti-oxidant system. Not only does vitamin E play a huge role fighting against cancer, it also helps with CVD, respiratory health, supports healthy blood circulation and is also great for the brain.
Even more interesting, Dr. Graham Burton suggests that natural vitamin E (from grass fed beef) is used and kept up to 5 times longer in the brain when compared to synthetic vitamin E. It’s thought that the body recycles natural vitamin E in the liver while it disposes of the synthetic. Again, our bodies are the greatest machines on Earth, we must give it what it wants!
Grassfed Beef Benefit #4: Creatine for Better Workouts
muscles. This is important for somebody who working hard in the weight room. This is the difference between performing 80% and 90%; the difference between mediocre and exceeding.
Grassfed Beef Benefit #5: Carnitine for Fat Loss
Carnitine also acts as an antioxidant in that it fights against free radicals, limiting our exposure to out of control cells that cause disease.
When we go back to our evolutionary roots, the recently termed “unhealthy” red meat becomes not only acceptable, but even something that we need that goes beyond building muscle mass.
In a mixed up world, it’s easy to get fooled into believing diet myths. The good thing is that the truth is out there, you just have to look and think about what makes sense.
Lean protein and healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids are the reason we evolved to have such a large and efficient brain. It wouldn’t make sense to limit these healthy fats due to health concerns. That is absurd. I plan
on reaching my fitness potential and I’m not going to limit that by restricting the very foods that got me here today!