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Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Products-Eat Wild!

Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Products

From our fiends at www.eatwild.com 

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http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals are ideal for your health. Compared with commercial products, they offer you more "good" fats, and fewer "bad" fats. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs.

Below is a summary of these important benefits. Following the summary is a list of news bulletins that provide additional reasons for finding a local provider of grass-fed food.

Original article with study data:

http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

Summary of Important Health Benefits of Grassfed Meats, Eggs and Dairy

Lower in Fat and Calories. There are a number of nutritional differences between the meat of pasture-raised and feedlot-raised animals. To begin with, meat from grass-fed cattle, sheep, and bison is lower in total fat. If the meat is very lean, it can have one third as much fat as a similar cut from a grain-fed animal. In fact, as you can see by the graph below, grass-fed beef can have the same amount of fat as skinless chicken breast, wild deer, or elk.[1] Research shows that lean beef actually lowers your "bad" LDL cholesterol levels.[2]

Grass fed Beef 4X higher in Vit.E.

Grass Fed Meats Improve fat Levels

ALA keeps breast cancer away

How much arsenic did you eat for Thanksgiving?

“Omega-6 is like a fat producing bomb...”

Take care of your heart! Eat whole milk dairy products from grass-fed cows. 

New term you need to know: “by-product feedstuffs”

Score Ten for Grass-Fed Beef

  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

Original article with study data:

http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

Eggs from pastured hens are far richer in vitamin D

The European Union refuses to buy U.S. chicken

Healthy Eggs:  What We Knew in 1932

Grass-fed Beef Clearly Superior, Says New German and Canadian study

Free Range Eggs Nutritionally Superior

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

Lambs raised on pasture are higher in protein, lower in fat

Original articel with study data:

http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

 
 

Grow Your Own Eggs

Grow Your Own Eggs

For your own taste of the good life, keep a few chickens in your garden. You'll be surprised at how easy it is, and once you’re enjoying your own 'homegrown' fresh eggs, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

Chickens have so many benefits. There are the obvious eggs, but chickens offer so much more. Believe it or not, chickens make great pets (when I was younger, my chickens, which I'd had since they were chicks, would hop up on my shoulder, so friendly were they). They can be really social creatures, and can bring your garden to life, as they strut around, pecking and clucking.

And while they're pecking around, chickens are fantastic for the organic gardener. Your chickens will make short work of all those pesky bugs and pests in your garden. And if you go round your garden at night with a torch and pick off all the slugs, snails and caterpillars, your chickens will love you forever when they get a tasty breakfast!

And there's more good news for the organic gardener, chicken manure is fantastic for your plants. Just remember that, like horse manure, it needs to be matured first, or it will burn your plants, especially young tender ones. The best thing to do is to spread the chicken manure out over your soil, leaving it to dry, before turning it in, or add it to your compost heap.

If you have children, they will love these pets, and enjoy collecting the eggs in the morning, and helping to feed them. The whole egg laying, chick hatching experience (if you decide to do this) can also be very educational.

So, there are plenty of good reasons to keep chickens, but where will you put them? There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a hen house **
http://www.easydiychickencoop.com**. First, how many chickens do you want? For a family of four, five or six hens should be enough to keep you well supplied: if there's just the two of you, 3 or 4 may do. There's no need to have a cockerel unless you plan to breed from your hens, and if you have close neighbors, they may not appreciate his crowing at 4am in the summer!

Each chicken should have about a square foot of space for roosting, so just multiply that by the number of chickens you want to work out what size of house to go for. The chicken house should be neither too small (which will lead to an increase in diseases) nor too large (which could lead to the birds, particularly small ones such as bantams, getting too cold).

The hen house should also be well-ventilated. Not only does it make the chicken coop more pleasant for the birds, but also a lack of ventilation and high humidity can lead to respiratory diseases.

Check out the size of the nesting boxes, too. Each bird needs to be able to stand up to lay her eggs, and have room to run around. It’s also best to have fewer, bigger boxes, rather than lots of smaller ones.

The style of house will depend on your personal taste and the size of your garden. You may want a house that can be moved around, so that the ground underneath can recover, or be planning to leave the house on spot. Depending on how secure your garden is, you can allow your chickens free range, or have a run or attached compound for them to scratch around in.

Remember that bigger birds will need something more than a triangular run, as they can really only stand up properly along its highest central part. If you have any concerns about foxes, make sure your house is very secure and you may want to place it within a secure compound. Obviously, if your chickens are kept on an allotment, security will be a particular issue.

If you're planning on keeping chickens for a good long while, it's worth investing in a good-quality shed for them. Plywood may be cheap, and is light, but it won't last for long. Featheredge wood looks nice but can warp easily and can be pulled off by badgers! Shiplap or tongue and grooves are good options to go for.

Remember that the hen house will need cleaning, so a good-sized door to allow you access to do this is vital.

And if you're opting for a second-hand house, be sure to treat well to kill any red mite before you use it.

Talking of which, one thing all chicken keepers will tell you to steer clear of is roofing felt, which is just like heaven on earth for red mites!

So, with your hen house, run, and chickens you're all set to enjoy your very first, home-grown, fresh eggs. With their deep yellow yolks and full flavour, once you've collected, cooked and eaten a really fresh egg all within the hour, you'll never resort to supermarket eggs again!

For the original article, please click on the link

http://www.easydiychickencoop.com/Your-Own-Eggs.php

 

 
 

Free Range vs Pastured

Free Range vs. Pastured: Chicken and Eggs

 

Thursday, March 05, 2009 11:59 AM

 

By Cheryl Long

 

Tags: pastured, grass-fed, free-range, chicken, eggs

 

"Free range" refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and meat for consumers, and healthier, humane conditions for the birds. Some producers abuse this term and label their eggs as “free range” when in fact all they have done is open a door to allow their chickens to range in an outdoor area of bare dirt or concrete, with no pasture in sight. 

 

Thus you need to confirm if your eggs or chicken comes from "true" or "pastured" or "grass-fed" free-range conditions. Also, some producers choose a modified system that involves keeping birds safe from predators by confining them in pens or inside electric fencing, and moving the pens frequently onto fresh pastures. Thus, pastured birds may be true free-range or penned, but either system is correctly referred to as “pastured.” And either system is a better choice than products that come from industrial factory farm conditions.

 

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http://www.motherearthnews.com/blogs/blog.aspx?blogid=1508&tag=chicken

 
 
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