.....A view from "down the lane" ....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day is EVERYDAY for Cattle Ranchers and Farmers!

Cattle ranchers and farmers are considered to be one of the greenest professions from a diverse list of jobs, according to a recent survey. Cattle ranchers were selected as the third greenest profession from a diverse list of jobs, with park rangers topping the list. In fact, 86 percent of those surveyed think that cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to environmental preservation.

According to the Ramberg Media Group's article, "Protecting the Environment, one Cattle Ranch at a Time,"by Alfa Spartan, among 40 "earth-friendly practices" that ranchers and farmers engage in include:
1. working to prevent erosion
2. keeping waterways clean
3. protecting/enhancing wildlife
4. recycling resources

"More than half of Americans surveyed recognized the significance of these efforts, believing that activities such as planting crops and grasses to control erosion, rotating cattle pastures to prevent overgrazing and planting trees to provide windbreaks and shelter - all of which are part of everyday life to cattlemen - play a key role in protecting our environment."

It's important that Americans realize the impact and the positive effect farmers and ranchers do have on the environment and the ways they are achieving, and have maintained, a "green economy!" Too many myths that have been cycled leave out the great efforts made by cattle ranchers and agriculturalists all over this nation.

Show some appreciation to those in the business of farming and ranching THIS year on EARTH DAY! Thank a Farmer! Thank a Rancher - they DO care about the land that serves them and the animals that are under their care.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Good News About BEEF and Health!

The good news about beef's nutrition and its impact on the heart just keeps on coming.....recent studies are showing that:

There is no direct evidence that lean beef increases the risk of Cardio Vascular Disease. In fact, recent clinical trials have shown that there's no reason to completely substitute fish or poultry for lean beef to achieve desirable blood lipid profiles, and including lean beef in a heart-healthy diet plan contributes to good health through beef's essential nutrients, which include iron, zinc, and B-vitamins.

Current research recommends a food-based approach to good health where foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, lean meats, poultry, low-fat dairy products, and fish, especially oily fish, are encouraged over calorie dense, nutrient-poor food choices.

Lean beef contains less than 10 g total fat, no more than 4.5 g of saturated fats, and less than 95 mg cholesterol per 3-ounce serving. Based on the American Heart Association’s dietary fat recommendations, those people consuming a 2,000 calorie diet need to consume between 56 g and 78 g of total fat and a saturated fat intake of 16 g or less. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contains levels of total fat and saturated fats well below the specified limits; cholesterol levels also fall below the recommendation of no more than 300 mg/day.

There currently are 29 cuts of beef which meet USDA’s labeling guidelines for lean. Unfortunately, the fatty acid profile of beef fat is often misunderstood. In lean beef, 54% of the fatty acids are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, which are the types favored by health organizations. And one-third of the saturated fats in beef are stearic acid, which has lately been shown to have no effect on blood cholesterol levels in humans. Beef actually contains low amounts of trans fatty acids and studies suggest that "ruminant" (related to cattle) trans fatty acids versus the trans fatty acidsproduced industrially in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils may favorably affect health and do impact the risk of Cardio Vascular Disease.

In fact, new findings from experimental animal studies suggest that the trans fatty acid, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is produced in beef, may have a positive influence on blood lipid levels and Cardio Vascular Disease risk!

That is especially good news for beef lovers who have concerns about cCardio Vascular Diseases! And the good news about beef keeps coming.....