The new success of restaurants serving Grass Fed beef on grain buns demonstrates the stupidity of uneducated consumers. These consumers would likely not pay the premium for Grass Fed Beef if they understood that all the health benefits of consuming Grass Fed beef are immediately negated when accompanied by grains. I am against the production of grain fed meat but as an advocate of your own personal health, you are much better off consuming grain fed beef without a bun than you are consuming Grass Fed beef with a bun.
The proper nutrition of any organism is determined by that species’s metabolic development over an expansive evolutionary period. Our ancestors did not have to avoid the consumption of grains because grains were not available for consumption until the advent of farming. This is why no modern chordates are properly suited for the digestion of grains. The health promoting composition of Grass Fed meat is derived from ruminant animals who spend their entire lives on pasture but more importantly from ruminant animals whose diet is devoid of grains.
Human health is not magically exempt from the capacity of our digestive systems. It is not merely a coincidence that degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer, which were virtually absent before the dawn of agriculture, now thrive in the human population. Our ability to convert grains into a metabolic fuel without the immediate onset of death has not been sufficient in removing the insidious effects of abundant anti-nutrients. Every time you send a grain down your digestive tract your body is preparing for a hopeless war.
Conventionally raised cattle in feedlots are fed a strict diet of grains. The toxins of the grains are stored in fat deposits while the semi-usable chemical components are converted into the biomass of the animal. In this sense a person consuming only the leanest meat of grain fed beef is able to avoid ingesting most of the anti-nutrients. Essentially we are able to “safely” eat grains by using farmed animals as biological filtering vehicles. The problem is that this method of consumption is neither efficient nor sustainable when considering the human diet as a whole. Firstly, grain fed meat lacks vital micro-nutrients which are sourced through the leafy green aspects of forage. Secondly, the caloric majority of a healthy human diet should be comprised of Grass Fed saturated animal fat. Grain fed animal fat is not a viable substitute because the fatty acid profile is dangerously skewed in the direction of Omega-6 and the toxins heavily propagate within the fat.
We should not have to consider the circumstances in which we are better off consuming grain fed meat but we have a lot of work until we reach a national Grass Fed Standard. As long as we allow the prevalence of absurd inconsistencies in the Grass Fed industry the uneducated consumer will continually be taken advantage of at the expense of his or her own health. Ignorance is bliss until you’re diagnosed with cancer.