MB #031: Eat The Right Kind Of MeatAug 27, 2023
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Welcome back to The Mission Briefing, the weekly newsletter with the goal to equip you with what you need to accomplish your family's unique mission.
We've been sick and traveling so today will be short and sweet.
Today at a glance:
- Fitness Tips: What is the best kind of meat to eat?
- The Free MFD Community Space + More
💪 Health And Fitness Tips:
Question: If >40% of Americans are obese now and that number is climbing every year...If heart disease and cancer are on the rise...Diabetes and metabolic disease are on the rise...Autism, auto-immune, etc. are on the rise...Male testosterone levels are plummeting compared to 30 years ago...and the primary things that have changed in the last 50-70 years are our food and our medicine...Then why don't we question the status quo around food and medicine?
Think about it.
In light of looking differently at things, I want to pose some potentially controversial ideas around picking the right kind of meats to eat.
First of all, we see in Genesis 9 God gives all the animals as food to eat, the same way he did all the plants in the garden.
Later when the Kosher laws were put in place, God gave several commands about food, one of which is how to choose your meat. He essentially had them focus on ruminants and avoid monogastric animals. What does that mean?
One of the primary differences between ruminant and monogastric animals is in the number of stomachs, which determines their capacity to process polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and turn them into healthier Saturated fat. Which is the good kind of fat (when it comes from the right source which we'll talk about in a moment.)
What are PUFA's and why are they bad? PUFAs, such as linoleic acid (also found in seed oils. You probably know how I feel about those by now), accumulate in fat cells over time (1). When humans eat these more than a little, they can be extremely damaging to our mitochondria, which are a key component of metabolic health. This damage can lead to inflammation which largely acts as the origin of nearly every chronic illness we suffer from today. All the things I mentioned in the opening question. Simply put, they are derailing our metabolic health and health in general.
Ruminant animals on the other hand—like beef, deer, lamb, elk, moose, buffalo, and goat (among others) —have four stomachs and unique microbes that give them the ability to convert PUFAs into those saturated fats (2). When they're fully grass-fed, those saturated fats are filled with amazing nutrients and are high in Omega 3's.
And, as I mentioned above, ruminants are also the type of hooved animals God directed the Israelites towards eating. And pigs were avoided. Very interesting to ponder!
What are my recommendations in light of this?
Focus on sourcing grass-fed ruminants for the majority of your meat intake, and opt for grass-fed grade A or raw dairy products. Choose butter (or Ghee) from grass-fed cows. Avoid feed-lot-originated conventional beef, chicken, turkey, pork, etc. (even pasture-raised pigs and chickens are often fed high PUFA feed to supplement them, so don't be tricked)
Go hunting. Kill a deer or an elk. Have it processed. Eat & enjoy. Rinse & repeat.
Farmer's markets are a great way to find better meat. If you know the right people you can also source in bulk from a local farmer and go in with a few families to divide up a full or half a cow.
Kerrygold butter is grass-fed and can be found at about every grocery store and in Costco. Most Costco's also carry grass-fed Ghee (ours has a brand called Tin Star Foods).
Kick the pigs and the chicks to the curb and move onward and upward!