I wanted to share this article posted recently by my good friend and colleague Dr. Derek Alessi.
Professionally, Dr. Alessi has studied and practiced in health and fitness for nearly 30 years. Over that time he has spoken and written on trends related to diet and fitness regiments. His works include The Bermuda Triangle Diet (Strategic Publishing, 2009), Lose Fat Forever (2003), and The Promise Health and Fitness System (2002).
When it comes to flavor, as a chef, I know the difference between grass and grain fed beef. When it comes to health and wellness I take his views on this topic as gospel.
Rather than paraphrasing or quoting him on different facts I thought I would share his article and it’s entirety.
Farm Raised vs Grass Fed
There has been much progress among protein powders that I have witnessed over the past 27-years, and all for the good. After all, the word Protein translates in Greek to- Prime or First Importance. Therefore, it is important to make protein as good as possible.
However, the biggest movement I am seeing in the health and fitness industry now is a progressive movement towards Grass Fed Protein. There are a few reasons why:
- Grass-Fed Protein has a higher amino acid protein absorption
- Grass-Fed protein does not contain antibiotics
- Grass-Fed protein is better for the environment
It is difficult to argue against Grass-Fed. In fact Grass Fed is how cows are supposed to feed.
History of Farm Raised Livestock
For tens of thousands of years, cows have consumed a Grass-Fed diet. This is both the more humane and more nutritious way to feed cattle.
Beginning in 1955 at the Lewter Feed Yard in Lubbock, Texas, large Feedlots began and cows were put on a regime and a schedule to gain the most amount of weight in the shortest amount of time. In doing so, cows were fed a diet that consisted of milo (millet grain), some silage (grass, mineral salt, calcium, phosphorous and the growth hormone DES, diethylstilbestrol.
Growth Hormone DES would later be banned as a cancer-causing agent.
It’s not just beef. Above is a picture of a large chicken feedlot.
Chickens in nature eat- insects, grass, earthworms. Chicken in feedlots are given pellets consisting of grains and soybean oil meal. This is designed intentionally to increase their egg production and body weight. Once again, the grains and fats can enlarge a chicken faster and cheaper than a natural based diet.
However, the feedlot farm diet consisiting of grains and soybean oil meal often cause both food intolerances and inflammation for the chicken as they do cows and humans.
Furthermore, if you think that it’s just chickens and cows in feedlot, think again. It’s all animals including fish. Above is a fish farm. It’s a much faster way to develop fish for processing.
According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – This feed in fish feedlots usually is in the forms of dried pellets, similar in many ways to dry dog food. Vegetable proteins, cereal grains, vitamins and minerals and formed into pellets. Wheat, for example, is widely used as it helps to bind the ingredients in the pellets.
Once again, changing the natural diet of the animal to a grain based diet gets them bigger faster.
Grass Fed Beef vs Grain Fed Beef
The problem soon became that farm fed animals in feedlots develop gastrointestinal problems, GERD, and acid reflux. In fact, many of the same problems that humans develop when eating grains.
Therefore, antibiotics such as penicillin are needed to give the cows, chicken, turkeys, etc to keep them alive and able to continue to feed to gain weight. In fact, this is eerily similar to when humans seek help from their doctors for the same types of tissues.
Most of it can be traced back to the high inflammatory process of grains. There are a few reasons why this is important from a nutritional aspect:
- Free Range, cage free, grass fed and wild caught protein is universally higher in quality protein, good omega 3 fats and a richer source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber
- In addition, it’s more important what humans eat directly (grains, corn, soybean oil) that causes the myriad of health problems across ALL species
Why Grass Fed Whey Protein is Best?
Now, back to the highest source of absorbale protein, whey.
Here is a list of proteins and their relative digestibility and absorbability in descending in descending order:
- Whey protein – Whey is the most bioavailable source of protein.
- Egg Whites – If you’re lactose intolerant and whey protein disagress with you, egg whites are a great alternative.
- Fish – Oily fish are often higher in unsaturated fat and rich in omega fatty acids which are hugely beneficial for cardiovascular health.
- Red Meat – Although red meat is high in iron, zinc and vitamin B12 and they often contain a good amount of healthy fats.
- Poultry – Chicken is next on the protein bioavailability scale. Chicken delivers a high amount of protein with very little carbs or additional fats.
Whey protein sourced from grass-fed cows is also higher in immune factors:
- Serum Albumin
Then whey protein sourced from non-grass fed cows. This is important because it is needed for immune system strength and support.
In fact, it has many proposed biological functions, including:
- Anti-inflammatory activities
- Defense against gastrointestinal infections
With this information it is clear to see how grass fed whey protein is healthier and more beneficial to you. Our 100% Pur Zealand Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder has the highest quality bioavailable grass-fed protein and highest quality natural ingredients. It is free from growth hormones and antiobiotics, and has a higher protein concentration, Vitamin A & E, beta-Carotene, and Omega-3 when compared to grain fed cows.