You have been told for many years to avoid full fat animal products as it has been said they can imagescontribute to high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity but this just isn’t true. There are numerous benefits from consuming animal products such as:
* Bone health- saturated fat aids calcium absorption
* They lower Lp(a), a substance in the blood that indicates proneness to heart disease.
* Protect the liver from toxins
* Enhance the immune system
* Help with utilisation of, and contain omega-3 fatty acids
* Have antimicrobial properties that help protect the digestive system

A VERY important factor to remember when choosing animal products is to make sure they are grass/pasture-fed. Compared to animals fed grain (soy, corn), pasture fed animals contain:
* Half the amount of fatty acids
* Higher omega-3s
* Higher vitamin A and beta-carotene
* Higher CLA, which are cancer fighting and help to build lean muscle and reduce fat
* A healthier omega-6 to omega-3 ratio

So start visiting farmers markets or find a local butcher and ask them if their products are pasture-fed. Look for grass or pasture-fed cows when choosing dairy and meat and grass or pasture-fed chickens and pork for meat and eggs. (be careful with the term free-range, they are not always roaming and picking at grubs and fresh grass). Mainland (which you can buy at the supermarket) use pasture fed cows and their cheese is delicious and comes in organic.

Skim or skinny dairy products are not beneficial. They have had their fat stripped and do not supply us with Vitamins A, D, E, & K. These fat soluble vitamins have numerous benefits from cell growth, healthy hair, skin and eyes to aiding absorption of phosphate and calcium. Because the calcium has been lost in skim products, it is replaced with synthetic calcium, the body is not very effective at absorbing calcium in this form. Eating full fat products will not make you fat and the benefits outweigh skim/skinny products.

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4 Responses

  1. Jade says:

    How about whole eggs rather than egg whites?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, I highly recommend consuming the whole egg. The yolk contains vitamins A, D, E and K, essential fatty acids, protein, zinc, selenium, calcium, iron and folate. The yolk has long been said to cause heart disease due to it’s high cholesterol content however, high cholesterol is not linked to heart disease rather vegetable fats and sugar are.

  2. natalie says:

    Any other brands at the supermarket that sell pasture feed dairy or eggs? What do you think about lilydale chicken? And what about hormones in dairy, do we have to buy organic to get hormone free? I would love to be able to buy organic meat /dairy and veg ect but too expensive with only one income.

    • AJ says:

      Hi Natalie, Other than the brands I listed in the blog, i am unaware of any other organic brands at the large grocery chains, most aren’t.
      A great place to get you pasture fed/organic products is health food stores. To make sure you can always email/contact the company and find out what they are putting into the products, that way you know for sure. I use “Organic Times” Butter, “Shultz” Milk and “Barambah Organics” Cheese. I get my eggs from a local producer at the farmers markets, $12 for 30!!
      Although Lilydale chicken isn’t organic, they don’t use hormones or antibiotics. They also dont get soy based feed, and are free range. Lilydale is a good choice.
      I strongly recommend buying organic animal products as hormones and chemicals are overused in commercially produced products. I find shopping at farmers markets fantastic, we spend much less weekly going to the markets than when we used to shop at coles.
      Another option is buy your animal products online and have them delivered to you. Search organic produce delivery in google for producers in your area.

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