You might think you’re eating healthy, but in all reality, you could be eating poison.
This poison comes off the grill, it’s slathered on our food, it’s sliced into with a knife at a ritzy dinner date.
This poison is grain-fed beef. And not just beef, it’s any product that comes from grain-fed beef, which includes butter – an essential source of fat on a keto diet plan.
Livestock are being packed into feedlots on industrial farms where they’re stuffed full of feed that’s derived from grains and whatever else the producers can jam in it. The emphasis on bigger, heftier cattle has created adverse effects on American health that could have never been planned for by early adopters of mass feeding via grains.
But we can no longer hide behind ignorance. We know what it’s doing to our bodies, and if you’re on the Ketogenic Diet, the stakes are even higher. Beef and butter are huge parts of your keto diet plan, but if they’re coming from a corrupt source, how “healthy” can they really be?
In this article, we’re going to break down three points that we hope motivate you to never skimp on livestock products again. These three points are:
- Why grain-fed products are so bad for you.
- The health benefits of grass-fed beef.
- The necessity of grass-fed butter for any Keto Dieter
For the sake of your body, and the sake of your children, use grass-fed products for your keto diet plan.
Grain-fed Products: The Wrong Choice for your Keto Diet Plan
Beginning in the 1950s, American farmers changed the standard feed of cattle from grass to corn due to an overabundance of the crop. When they realized that this made the cattle fatten up quickly, they made corn feeding the common practice for industrial livestock farming, leaving grass feeding to private farmers and grazing.
Soon, any animal that was intended to go to market for consumption found itself on cramped feedlots. Cows, chickens, and pigs – all fed rapidly, grown rapidly, and slaughtered rapidly. The days of free range livestock were dying.
A century earlier, it took cattle between 4 to 5 years to reach the ideal weight for processing, but with today’s feeding practices, it takes a mere year to year and quarter to produce the same size. Did this happen naturally? Of course not!
Due to the drastic change in diet, the quality of the meat, and other products produced by livestock suffered. The fatty acid makeup changed, flipping the ratio of Omega-6s and Omega-3s on its head!
For example, a grass-fed beef can contain up to two to five times more Omega-3 than grain-fed beef! To put it into ratio terms, grass-fed beef has a ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 of 2:1, where grain-fed beef can have a ratio as high as 8:1!
Side Effects on Human Health
The issues don’t just stop with the fat either. In order to coexist with the other cattle in the undersized lots, each cow is given a steady diet of antibiotics that contaminate the meat. These antibiotics don’t just disappear: they sink into the meat, and into your system when you eat the antibiotic-tainted meat.
Many leading researchers are connecting this overuse of antibiotics in livestock to the new superbugs our populations face year after year.
If super bugs don’t scare you enough, grain-fed cattle have also been linked to recent E. coli outbreaks. This is because the feedlot livestock stomachs contain high acidity levels that provide a breeding ground for the bacteria responsible for E. coli. Gross!
The Benefits of Grass Fed Beef
Now that you’re aware of the danger that grain-fed beef can be to you if you utilize it in your keto diet plan, it’s time to celebrate the Swiss Army Knife that is organic grass-fed beef!
Grass-fed beef yields huge nutritional benefits! As mentioned above, grass-fed beef provides a plentiful source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are responsible for heart health, and cognitive health!
Although it can be unhealthy if consumed in excess, the Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – an Omega-6 – contained in grass-fed meat can help with metabolic rate, lower cholesterol, and enhancing your immune system!
Yes, grass-fed products are going to be more expensive, but you have to place a premium on future health! That’s what a Keto Diet Plan is all about: making decisions today that will make tomorrow better!
Here are some ways to easily utilize grass-fed beef into your Ketogenic Diet:
1. Grill steak at the beginning of the week
Fire up the grill on Sunday evening and lay out your perfectly marinated steaks. Separate them out, and pack a lunch for everyday of the week!
2. Hamburger, the utility man of grass-fed beef recipes
There a literally hundreds of things you can do with grass-fed beef!
Here are some of our favorites:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Grass-fed beef can help you any time!
Grass-fed Butter: A lynchpin for Bulletproof Coffee
Part of what makes a Keto Diet Plan a Keto Diet Plan is getting your protein to fat ratios right. It’s best to do this as soon as the day begins; the morning is key to winning at the ketogenic lifestyle. As the day goes on, and you move toward the evening, you’ll find it harder and harder to keep your fats to protein ratio right side up.
Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee is the perfect way to get a fatty boost first thing in the morning! But this keto-friendly cocktail provides much more than some caffeine and fat, it has also shown signs of increasing cognitive function throughout your day.
Here’s where grass-fed products tie in – big time! On the Bulletproof site, Mr. Asprey is adamant about using grass-fed butter in the Bulletproof coffee recipe. Asprey puts it this way:
“Cows evolved to eat grass, not factory farm lot feed. Grass-fed cows are healthier than factory-farmed or grain-fed cows, and the butter they produce reflects their good health.”
Asprey then goes into detail about the benefits of grass-fed butter when he says:
“Grass-fed butter is higher than grain-fed butter in omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D, vitamin E, and antioxidants. You can actually see the difference in the butter: grass-fed butter is a sunny yellow color, while grain-fed/factory-farmed butter is almost white. The lack of color is a sign that the butter is coming from sick, nutrient-depleted cows.”
Wow, that’s insane! Even the color of the butter is affected by the franken-cows!
The original recipe listed on the website looks like this:
- Coffee (if you’re going off of the original BPC recipe, the coffee will be bulletproof coffee, which is said to be made with special beans that contain less mycotoxins)If you can’t get your hands on BPC coffee beans, use a trusted brand of organic coffee. Tea can be substituted, but the taste will be changed substantially.
- Grass-fed, unsalted butter As I mentioned before, the differences between grass fed cows and industry grain fed cows is substantial, both in terms of quality of life for the cow, and the meat/dairy they produce.
- Depending upon your budget, you have three options for the last ingredient:
- 1. BPC Brain Octane
- Highest concentration of powerful MCTs
- Creator Dave Asprey says that it is 18 x stronger than regular coconut oil and 3 x stronger than MCT oil
- 100% Caprylic Acid (C-8)
- Fastest absorbing of all of the MCTs
- Lowest amount in Coconut oil
- 2. MCT Oil
- Medium concentration of powerful MCTs
- 3. Coconut Oil
- Lowest concentration of powerful MCTs
- High amounts of lauric acid and C-12, that while aren’t necessarily bad for you, aren’t as efficient as caprylic acid or capric acid.
- 1. BPC Brain Octane
**The most effective MCTs for efficient metabolization into ketones are C-8 (Caprylic Acid) and C-10 (Capric Acid) which are shorter MCTs.
If you’re still having a hard time understanding why grass-fed products are so important, you’re obviously not paying attention. Your keto diet plan will depend heavily on meat and dairy for sources of fat and protein, but if these products come from scientifically modified livestock, you’re playing with fire.
Feedlot products have even been linked to disorders that can be passed down to your offspring! So it’s not just about your body, it’s about your kids as well!
About the Author Nate Arnold
I started this website because it was hard to find trustworthy, evidence-based information about the ketogenic diet. Information that was published and peer reviewed by respected scientific journals. After years of research, I'm sure you'll achieve great results in a healthy way following my advice. I do my best to translate scientific research jargon into plain English. Remember, it's always a good idea to consult a doctor before starting a new diet!