Thursday, October 18, 2007

Do I eat beef?

After 10+ years of eating no beef at all in order to maximize room on my plate (and in my stomach) for cancer-fighting plants, I am slowly adding back small amounts of locally raised, grass-fed beef. Why? Because I have learned so much during this past decade (all info I never had in any of my formal nutrition education) about differences in the nutritional content of beef depending on its food. (Duh, Diana! Why should this be a surprise if there is any truth to the statement "You are what you eat"?) Grass-fed beef does have higher amounts of cancer-fighting omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef (which also need to have antibiotics given to them because cows' 4 stomachs did not evolve to eat grain!).

I'm imploring my husband to write down his recipe for BBQ beef, which I'll get posted up as soon as it's in my hands. (I may be starting to eat beef again, but I still haven't progressed to purchasing or cooking it.) It's a 2-day process to do the BBQ right - and it's worth it. Take it from me, someone who is still very thoughtful about what I eat, because there is truth to the statement "You are what you eat!"

Follow the link to the title of this posting for a GREAT article written by Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D. about the personal and community benefits of eating and producing grass-fed beef.

I still eat 9+ servings per day (yes, every day) of fruits and veggies. I'll just have to have them "moooooo"ve on over on my plate when I occasionally enjoy eating some beef.

Bon appetit!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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