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New Report Reveals Why You Should Only Be Eating Grass-Fed Beef

Laura Dang – Aug 24, 2015

Meat lovers who like their burgers rare, beware.

There is an overwhelmingly large amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ground beef, according to a Consumer Reports investigation.

Harmful bacteria ingested from uncooked beef can cause serious illness. This is especially a problem for people who prefer their beef on the rare side. While bacteria tends to stay on the surface of steaks and roasts, it is mixed throughout in ground beef, which is why it needs to be cooked thoroughly.

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For the study, 300 packages of ground beef from 103 grocery stores, natural food stores and big-box shops from around the country were tested. The samples included beef that originated from conventional farms and those that were labeled antibiotic-free, organic or grass-fed.

After analyzing the samples for five common types of bacteria found on beef — clostridium perfringens, E. coli, enterococcus, salmonella, and staphylococcus aureus — Consumer Reports found that that all 458 pounds of beef tested had fecal contamination from enterococcus or E. coli bacteria. A fifth of the beef was infected with C. perfringens, a bacteria associated with food poisoning, 10% tested positive for S.aureus, a bacteria that can’t be eliminated by cooking, and 1% had salmonella.

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Furthermore, conventionally raised beef was found to have a higher likelihood of bacteria contamination and of being infected by antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a bacteria that can’t be killed by three or more antibiotics.

While it’s hard to ensure that your burger is 100% free of bacteria, Consumer Reports advised consumers to purchase meat labeled “organic” or “grass fed.” These cows typically have healthier diets and are not treated with antibiotics, which can contribute to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumer Reports, explained that labels such as “antibiotic free” or “natural” in grocery stores can be misleading to shoppers. Instead, consumers should look for products that say “no antibiotics administered” or “USDA process verified.” This means that the government has gone out and verified that the processor is doing their job right.
The North American Meat Institute responded to the report with a statement that said the type of bacteria found in the beef doesn’t typically cause illness, and the low levels of E. coli and salmonella are actually a positive result.


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10 Foods That Promote Brain Health

by Brandi, selected from Diets in Review

Who doesn’t want to become smarter? Who wants to look better or feel healthier? Many recent studies have shown how certain nutrients can positively affect the brain, specifically in areas of the brain related to cognitive processing or feelings and emotions. Generally speaking, you want to follow a healthy diet for your brain that will lead to strong blood flow, maintenance of mental sharpness and reduce the risk of heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

We know that foods play a great role in our brain, as concluded in several studies led by a phenomenal neuroscientist at UCLA, Gomez Pinilla.

According to one study, the super fats your brain needs most are omega-3 fatty acids. Your brain converts them into DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which enhances neuronal communication and promotes neuronal growth.

Food and nutrients represent fuel to our bodies the same way that when we use our car we need to fill the gas tank. Unfortunately, we generally take better care of our cars than our bodies. Why is that? We are hearing frequently that consuming the right nutrients can help our health, aging process, and more efficient brain-body functioning.

With that said, I want to share with you ten foods you must keep in your diet to maintain brain health:

1. Apples: Eating an apple a day protects the brain from oxidative damage that causes neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This magical nutrient that acts as protection is quercetin, which is a phytonutrient.

2. Asparagus: Asparagus is rich in folic acid, which is essential for the metabolism of the long chain fatty acids in your brain.

3. Lean Beef: Lean beef is rich in vitamin B12, iron and zinc. These vitamins and minerals have been shown to maintain a healthy neural tissue.

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4. Blueberries and strawberries: Studies show that people who eat berries improve their memory and their motor skills. In addition, their antioxidant properties can protect your brain from the oxidative process.

5. Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate offers incredible concentration powers. It is a very powerful antioxidant containing natural stimulants that increase the production of feel-good endorphins. Trick: you need to find dark chocolate with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving for optimal benefits.

6. Salmon: Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which studies have shown to be essential for brain function.

7. Dried oregano: Certain spices have powerful antioxidant properties. In several studies, this powerful spice has shown to have 40 times more antioxidant properties than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges, and 4 times more than that of blueberries or strawberries.

8. Walnuts: Walnuts are rich in protein and contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and B6 which all promote healthy neural tissue.

9. Whole grains: Whole grains deliver fiber and vitamin E that help promote cardiovascular health, which helps improve the circulation to the brain.

10. Yogurt: Yogurt and other dairy foods are filled with protein and vitamin B that are essential to improve the communication between nerve cells.

Make sure that from now on you select and plan a great menu that include these brain foods. Life is about choices and selecting the right nutrients can play a key role in your health.

Written by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace, who is the author of Super Body, Super Brain.
You can read more from him at http://www.superbodysuperbrain.com or pick up his book Super Body, Super Brain.