Quite a difference from what we have been lead to believe by the FDA. Seems to me one can eat eggs without worry of dropping dead from coronary disease as long as one sticks with the old adage, "Everything in moderation." When looking for eggs look for the terms "Organic, Vegetarian Fed, and Hormone/Antibiotic Free", these are all terms that are strictly defined by the FDA/USDA. The term "cage free" is fairly useless as it is not a controlled term but this may change in the future.
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
Beef & Chicken - Chicken is an easy one as what I really look for is the same as eggs, Antibiotic/Hormone Free and fed a vegetarian diet. Purdue has started doing this and it makes their chicken taste better than most anyone else. Beef is another matter, you will find beef with the same description as chicken and then there's 100% grass fed beef. To tell you the truth I'm not as concerned with beef being 100% grass fed as I am with dairy cows. Organic beef free of hormones and antibiotics and fed a vegetarian diet is actually pretty close to the kind of beef available in the early 1900's. What this all means is that organic beef is pasture kept longer than commercial beef and the vegetarian diet cannot include any animal by products (and depending on the producer is usually non-GMO grain). Without growth hormones speeding up the process, cattle are allowed to develop naturally and their flavor is outstanding compared to commercial beef which has lost any semblance to real food. Naturally the organic stuff is more expensive since the yield is lower, but it's still less than 100% grass fed beef which is not to my taste in my opinion. As for health benefits, good organic beef has less fat than the commercial grade stuff and is of course replete with more vitamins and minerals.5
In short, part of the research project that is this blog was trying to find out was this: Why were people so much healthier in the early 1900's than now even though the teaching is that they ate an unhealthy diet? The conclusion I have made so far is this: Their diet wasn't really unhealthy. You need fats in your diet because they help you to absorb certain vitamins and minerals. Without fat to break them down they're as useless as a yo-yo without a string. While my study is far from scientific, some of my conclusions are being borne out by true scientific studies. Mine is still a work in progress and my only observations are the effects of the 1930's diet on myself and my family.
1) The Truth About Fat And Cholesterol
2) Healthier Store Bought Eggs
3) Mother Earth News: Pastured Eggs Vitamins
4) Life Balance Northwest: Butter Up Buttercup
5) Health Benefits of Natural Beef
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