Our Certified Organic tortillas are produced in our family’s commercial kitchen, in three delicious varieties… Whole Wheat, White, and Spelt. Our tortillas are Certified Organic through Natures International Certification Services (NICS). Our ingredient list is simple & easy to pronounce. Flour, (white,… Read More
Gitto Farm n Kitchen is proud to offer our customers a delicious variety of specialty meat products derived from our own naturally raised beef animals. Beginning in 2018, we introduced several specialty meat products, including beef brats and wieners, four kinds of… Read More
Beef! It’s what’s for dinner! So goes the familiar advertising phrase that we have all heard so often. If you like a good steak or a juicy hamburger, perhaps you have given thought to purchasing beef in larger quantities, to be stored… Read More
Good Food Expo!
We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 15th Anniversary Good Food Expo, in Chicago, on March 22nd and 23rd!
Click on the link above to learn more about this huge Expo event!
On Sunday, February 10th, we are pleased to be participating in the 5th Annual Farmer’s Market associated with the Garden Expo, in Madison, Wisconsin. Plan on joining us, as we will be offering our delicious tortillas and our specialty meat products.
Here is a link to the Garden Expo Farmer’s Market, with more details…
Study concludes that eating organic reduces cancer risk!
This article was shared from Natural News.
If you’ve ever doubted whether organic food is worth the higher price tag, a study that was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine should put your concerns to rest. In the study, French researchers showed that people who consume organic food have a 25% lower risk of developing cancer.
The study, which was carried out under the guidance of epidemiologist
Julia Baudry, looked at the diets of nearly 70,000 French adults with
an average age in their mid-40s. The volunteers were divided into four
categories according to how often they ate 16 organic products that
included vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, prepared meals, condiments,
dietary supplements, vegetable oils and other products.
After an average follow-up time of 4 ½ years, the researchers looked
at how many of the participants had developed some type of cancer. After
comparing the volunteers’ organic food scores with the cancer cases,
they were able to determine that those who ate the most organic food
were 25 percent less likely to develop cancer than those who did not eat
organic food. When it came to specific types of cancer, the group who
ate organic was 73 percent less likely to go on to develop non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma and 21 percent less likely to go on to develop postmenopausal
It might be tempting to assume that the group who ate organic food
would be more health-conscious overall and likely had a healthier diet
in general, and that may be responsible for the lower cancer risk.
However, the researchers say that simply is not true; even those who ate
a low- to medium-quality diet yet opted for organic enjoyed the reduced
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Anyone who eats meat has heard of grass-fed beef. Stroll through the grocery store and you’ll find ‘grass-fed’ or ‘grass-finished’ beef. You’ll also notice it’s more expensive than regular meat. Despite the higher price, many choose grass-fed meat because it’s healthier.
What is Grass-Fed Beef?
But what exactly is grass-fed beef? Does the cow’s diet really affect it’s quality? The good news is it’s actually better for your health. Here’s what I learned about grass-fed meat and why it’s the best choice.
Grass-fed beef comes from cows that eat a healthy,
natural diet. Real grass-fed cows consume 100% grass after it
stops drinking milk. Grass-fed cattle are also allowed to eat and grow at
a normal rate. This means they are not genetically modified.
They’re free from antibiotics andsteroids that make them
Moreover, farmers make sure they
don’t feed pesticide-sprayed grass. These cows have continuous access to
pasture during the growing season. They remain grass-fed up to the
time they meet a humane death.
Beef vs. Regular Grain-Fed Beef: Which is Better?
To understand the difference, we should look into a cow’s stomach. Cows have a unique digestive system that breaks down plant material. Many mammals, like humans and dogs, can’t fully digest plants. Cows, on the other hand, have a large stomach that allows them to eat wild grass. In fact, a fully grown cow can store up to 55 gallons of grass.
Basically, a cow’s natural diet consists of lots of grass.
This is obviously not the case for
grain-fed beef. Regular cows are removed from pastureland and
shipped to feedlots. These are called concentrated animal feeding
operations (CAFOs). The cows are fattened with grain, corn and soy
products. They’re given antibiotics and hormones to produce bigger cattle in a
short amount of time.
What’s wrong with grain-fed meat? Grains aren’t a good source of nutrients for cows.
This affects their overall health. In fact, regular beef has low levels
of omega-3 fatty acids. Grass-fed beef has 5 times more omega-3 than
to regular beef, grass-fed meat has the following health benefits:
High-quality protein – Leaner meat has lower overall fat. It also means it has less calories. Eating lean meat is linked to higher levels of good cholesterol in your blood.
More omega-3 fatty acids – Omega-3 is a great source of good fats. It’s good for heart health, reducing the risk of heart attacks by 50%. It’s is also good for your brain. Studies show an omega-3 rich diet makes people less prone to Alzheimer’s disease.
Higher levels of carotenoid – Grass-fed meatbasically has more beta carotene, a substance that helps produce vitamin A. This supports your immune system and even helps fight cancer.
Rich in Vitamin E – Vitamin E is actually a powerful antioxidant. It promotes cell renewal and protects against cell damage. It also helps slow down the aging the process.
Higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – Grass-fed meat has twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef. CLA is a fatty acid that helps reduce certain types of cancer.
To be honest, I thought grass-fedmeat was the same as organic meat. Though grass-fed meat is usually organic, I learned NOT ALL grass-fed meat products pass standards. Cows may be ‘grass-fed’ and still given steroids and antibiotics. Also, even if they only eat grass, some cows are still kept in feedlots. In other cases, some farmers even fatten “grass-fed” cows with grains during the last months of their lives. Real grass-fed meat takes longer to raise, that’s why it’s a bit more expensive. So always check if you’re buying from a legit farmer.
Do I Make Sure I’m Buying 100% Grass-Fed Meat?
The trick is to look for grass-fed meat verified by trusted organizations. For example, look for the following seals:
These groups make sure cows are raised
in pastures with 100% grass diet. They also make sure your meat does not
have growth hormones or antibiotics.
Another way is to go directly to
a local organicfarm that you trust. This allows you to assess
farming practices yourself. It’s the best way to ensure your meat’s quality.
The next time you cook burgers or
steak, think about where your meat comes from. Grass-fed beef is definitely the
healthier, more ethical choice. It may be a bit expensive, but the benefits far
outweigh the cost.