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Lean Beef Lowers Blood Pressure

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

People choose to eat grass fed beef for many different reasons. Some are health-related and some are not. On the whole, grass fed beef has been found to be lean and a healthy red meat choice.

Recently in Drovers Cattle Network, there was an article, “Study Shows Lean Beef Can Help Lower Blood Pressure,” by Mary Soukup. In it she discusses the DASH diet, which is for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, of which I had never heard. Researches knew that a diet high in protein helped lower one’s blood pressure, but they experimented to see if the type of protein mattered. Their hypothesis was no; therefore, they were shocked by the findings.

They compared a diet based on plant-derived protein, one with 4 ounces of lean beef a day, and one with 5.4 ounces of lean beef a day. Surprisingly, the larger intake of lean beef resulted in the larger reduction of systolic blood pressure.

So the “stay away from red meat” mantra from many well-meaning health experts might not be the best advice. Grass fed beef is the most popular source of lean beef available. As our customers enjoy the flavor and health benefits of our grass fed beef, now they can know that according to this study they just might be lowering their blood pressure. Just an added bonus, if you ask me.

A Family Farm

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

In Drovers Cattle Network this week, an article called “Farming and Ranching-It’s a Family Business” peaked my interest for obvious reasons. Click on the title to read it for yourself.

The article gives many statistics about the farming and ranching business in the United States. The point the editor, Mary Soukup, is trying to make is that agriculture gets a bad wrap sometimes by “anti-modern agriculture distractors.” They use terms like corporate giant or factory farms to describe agriculture today.

Her point is that 97.6 percent of all US farms today are family farms, and they are responsible for producing 85% of what I would assume are available products for consumption. However, that is not explicitly stated. What really interested me is the major products provided by family farms. Corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat are the major field crops. Poultry, eggs, and hogs are also high on the list. 75% of all dairy products are provided by family farms.

This is so different from my experience. I am not refuting the facts listed in the article. I don’t have any hard evidence. However one glance around here and you will see that there are many Sanderson chicken farms, which I guess technically are owned independently by different families. Most of the local dairies that were in full swing when I was a little girl are all closed. Also almost every pasture is home to cattle of some breed. Cattle and/or beef are not even mentioned in the article.

Now I realize that Grimes County, Texas is not a picture of all agriculture in the United States, but I am explaining my surprise at what this article describes. It also makes me wonder who is then raising all the beef for human consumption if it does not even make the list.

One thing that I cannot argue with is at the end of the article. In the second and third to last paragraph, Ms. Soukup writes,

To be successful in today’s agricultural sector, one has to have a savvy business mind and sharp technical skills. It takes a special knowledge to know when to sell a bin full of corn versus when to hold it or how to skillfully help a mama cow deliver a baby calf coming breach. It also [takes] a special sense of pride, commitment and tradition. It takes both. Family farms and ranches come in all shapes and sizes. They were built on years of sacrifice and hard work. They were maintained by making good business decisions. They live on, in part, because of the tradition.

At Cross Creek Cattle Company, we are proud of the fact that we are a family farm raising grass fed beef for ourselves and our customers. We work hard in perfect weather and less than perfect weather to care for our land and animals. We hope to pass the knowledge and business down through the ages. Without a doubt, it is a true family farm.

GMO in the News

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Either it was a big coincidence or GMO is a hot topic issue because after I posted last week’s article about GMO grass, Drover’s Cattle Network has led two weeks in a row with stories about genetically modified organisms in its publication.

The first article was a commentary, “Did Whole Foods Market Go Too Far on GMO Labeling?,” by Greg Henderson. Whole Foods is the “first national grocery chain to set a timeline for GMO-transparency.” It has announced a five-year plan to label all GMO products.

Mr. Henderson begins stating that Whole Foods has earned its nick-name of “Whole Paycheck.” He goes on to say that all this labeling will do is cause prices to go up. He quotes, “Louis Finkel, executive director of government affairs for the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, said, ‘These labels could mislead consumers into believing that these food products are somehow different or present a special risk or a potential risk.’”

The most recent article is, “US Retailers Vow Not to Sell GMO Salmon,” again written by Greg Henderson. The FDA is poised in April to allow the first genetically engineered animal to be sold in the United States food supply, which is salmon. In response about 2,000 grocery stores, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, have been proactive and announced that they will not carry or sell the product.

Mr. Henderson quotes, Emily Anthes saying, ‘“We should all be rooting for the agency to do the right thing and approve the AquaAdvantage salmon, It’s a healthy and relatively cheap food source that, as global demand for fish increases, can take some pressure off our wild fish stocks. But most important, a rejection will have a chilling effect on biotechnological innovation in this country.”

Really? She is worried about the future of biotechnological innovation. Most of us are more worried about the health effects of eating genetically modified or genetically engineered foods.

I believe that transparency is the real issue. It seems that food companies don’t want GMO labeling for fear that consumers will not purchase their products if they knew the truth. If the products are really as good for you as the all-natural products, then they should want to announce it proudly. “This product has genetically modified organisms in it. Science has made this food cheaper for you, but just as healthy.”

Fighting the labeling process makes me wonder. Hopefully, one day American consumers will be able to purchase GMO or non-GMO products with proper labeling. Regardless of how you feel about GMO products, I think we can all agree that allowing us the right to make an informed decision will be a good thing.

Invest in Your Health

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Just last week, Drovers Cattle Network released an article entitled, “Meat Consumption Drops as Prices Rise,” by John Maday. I was fascinated with some of the findings in the article.

Immediately, I was puzzled by the fact that the average family eats home-cooked meals 5 times a week. Assuming that the study was only talking about supper, this number seemed low to me. I guess we have an above average number of family members with seven and we often have friends and guests eating with us. Considering we take only our immediate family out to dinner and each order a glass of tea. Ordering flavored water tacks $14.00 to our total bill. We honestly cannot afford to eat out very often.

The study goes on to say that the average family brings home take-out once a week. Even cheap fast food hamburger meals can add up. It seems we cannot leave a fast food establishment without dropping $40-$50 and that is with two kid meals. Needless to say, eating out is a rare treat for our family.

I am the first to agree that an occasional visit to a restaurant is enjoyable. You get to pick whatever you want to eat. You get served and don’t have to do the dishes. But this service is not free, you leave at least 20% of the total cost of your meal for the waiter/waitress.

Besides the toll on your pocketbook, restaurant food is served in large portions. Sometimes it is hard to gauge a serving size and people often over-eat. It is usually full of salt and possibly MSG. I won’t even attempt to discuss the ill-effects of eating fast food. I think we all are familiar with the unhealthiness of highly processed fast food.

The article continues by stating that meat prices in general have all increased, thereby causing the consumption of meat to drop. The price for beef has risen higher than pork or chicken; therefore, its consumption has dropped the most. Even people who continue to eat beef rely on the lower priced cuts like ground beef.

However, there is an exception. Organic or natural beef’s demand has increased by 26% in 2013. Organic and natural are better than your normal grocery store meats, but you have to read the label carefully. Either can still include grain fed beef. Grass fed beef has the most health benefits for your body. Visit Health Benefits or do your own research. It also is very flavorful meat.

From Cross Creek Cattle Company, you can purchase grass fed beef raised naturally without hormones or antibiotics in bulk. You can enjoy steaks, roasts, brisket, and ground beef to name a few cuts available. At $4.00 a pound based on hanging carcass weight, it is the most economical way to feed your family nutritious and healthy beef. Invest in high quality beef combined with fruits and vegetables and you will be investing in your family’s health.

If you still crave the ambiance of a restaurant, light a candle, dim the lights, spread a nice tablecloth, and play music in the background. Yes, you will still have to prepare the food and do the dishes, but you will also know the quality of the ingredients. Weighing the two options, I would rather do the dishes than eat out once or twice a week.

Secret to Raising Healthy Kids

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

In March, I wrote an article, “Free Range Kids,” which talked about how my children are being raised in an environment relatively different than most young children in the United States. They work in the garden, collect eggs, feed pigs, milk goats, ride horses, go swimming in ponds, and explore the ranch. They come home sweaty and have dirty fingernails by the end of the day.

Despite all the dirt and allergens they are exposed to, they are very healthy children. They are rarely ill. We have been fortunate to only see the doctor for well-check ups or for the occasional injury. I cannot remember the last time any of them were on an antibiotic or prescription medicine.

Then in July, I read an article entitled, “Farm Life Grows Healthy Kids,” by John Maday for Drovers Cattle Network. Scientists actually studied the differences in health between children raised in the city and those on farms. The findings are fascinating. Farm kids are healthier overall. Researchers think that this is due in part to city kids living in an overly sanitary environment.

Mr. Maday writes, ” Farm kids on the other hand, grow up with regular exposure to dust, pollen, animals, manure and perhaps, raw milk. Thus the farm environment encourages development of a more robust immune system compared with hygienic city life.” However, the researchers do not know for sure the reason that farm children are healthier because there are too many factors that attribute to good health.

Maday goes on to conclude, “Maybe it is early exposure to pathogens and allergens, maybe it’s good farm cooking, or maybe it’s due to honest hard work in the great outdoors. In any case, farmers and ranchers who have always believed they are raising their kids in a healthy environment now have more evidence they’re right.”

I think that fresh air, adequate sunshine, good water, and healthy foods play a big role in one’s health. Farm and ranch life is a good environment, in which to raise children. I knew that already, but it is nice to read it in print with scientific research supporting the findings. Maybe the next time I see a mother chasing her toddler around the park with hand sanitizer, I will encourage her to let her child get his/her hands dirty. What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinion.

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