Healthy Kids Need Heart-Healthy Beef

By Mark Wilhelms

healthy kidsAs parents, we’re always looking for ways to incorporate healthy snacks into our children’s diets. Having healthy snacks on hand when you’re running between school, study groups and sports games will save time and keep your family fueled up. The easiest way to provide those necessary bursts of energy is with healthy proteins.

As previously discussed in our Fooditude! Kids, Meat and Red Meat Market blog, serving locally-pastured, antibiotic-, hormone- and steroid-free meats to your children is the only way to ensure a safe and healthy diet free of harmful ingredients. Factory beef jerky is one of the worst offenders when it comes to steroids, hormones and antibiotics. What they feed their cattle is going straight into our children’s bodies. That’s something to pay attention to!

100 percent grass-fed jerky comes from cattle that is cared for on local farms and consumes a diet that is 100 percent grass. Compared to its grain-fed counterpart, grass fed beef is lower in total fat, including “bad” saturated fat, and higher in the “good” unsaturated fats that provide us with a natural source of energy. It is two to four times richer in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, three to five times higher in Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and contains over 400 percent more vitamin A and E than grain-fed beef.  CLA is an essential fatty acid that belongs to the omega family. Incorporating small amounts of it in our diet can boost our immune system, decrease body fat and has the potential to prevent certain types of heart disease.

Committing to a lifestyle that changes the “big meat” system by consuming good meats, like grass-fed beef, will benefit your family’s health but you pay for what you get. In order to get the cattle from farm to table in a natural, humane way it takes time. Getting the steer to slaughter weight then curing and smoking the jerky is a delicate process but the end result is worth the wait! You can’t put a price on the health of your family.

In addition to the nutritional benefits, there are environmental benefits for allowing livestock to graze on grass rather than grain. When cattle are rotated properly between pasture fields they can enhance the grass and farm landscape by simply eating it! This results in the distribution of seed through natural fertilizer. Pasture-based cattle operations also require less fossil fuels and pesticides.

Our mission at Red Meat Market is to educate consumers on the benefits of consuming good meat by offering the highest quality, all natural, local meats you can find. Saddle Up for the school year with our wide selection of grass-fed jerky, available here.

Mark Wilhelms is the Founder of Red Meat Market. You can find Mark on and Twitter