From time to time we enjoy having guest blog posts here at Roam. However, these guest bloggers, as well as their thoughts and opinions, are not representative of ButcherBox. Here is a post from Dan Scalco, the founder and director of growth at Digitalux and a ButcherBox customer.
Meat. For most, it’s a key part of at least one meal each and every day.
However, we don’t often put much thought into the quality of meat we buy, cook, and eat. Most of us just pick whatever steak looks good at our local grocery store. Without us knowing, this meat could be loaded with antibiotics and other unnatural additives and come from cows, chickens, or pigs forced to live packed together in horrible conditions. All of these make the regular grocery store meat you’re eating not only less healthy than you may think but also sourced in quite unnatural and inhumane ways.
If you’re searching for meat that’s actually going to do your body good, I’ve discovered that ButcherBox is the way to go.
Below are four reasons why I think it is one of the best high-quality meat delivery services available based on a comprehensive review (which you can read at Food Box HQ).
Grass-Fed vs. Conventional Grain-Fed Meat
More and more people are learning the benefits of grass-fed meat and ditching the conventional “meat” you’ll typically find at the chain grocery stores. Many, however, don’t have access to smaller butchers or local farmers to get high-quality, grass-fed meat. Based on personal experience, it can actually be a struggle to find better-for-you meat that doesn’t contain antibiotics, hormones, or GMOs.
So, what’s the big deal with grass-fed meat? There are a number of reasons why it’s a better option for your health…
For one, the quality of the meat skyrockets when the animals have been grass-fed. This is because the meat doesn’t get treated with hormones or antibiotics, which don’t end up in your body when you eat it. Grass-fed animals also live in less stressful environments, where they aren’t packed together living in their own filth but, rather, can roam freely on a farm. This lack of stress actually makes the meat much juicier and healthier than the alternative.
Grass-fed meat also contains a higher amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (such as vitamin B, D, and E). On another positive note, meat from grass-fed animals has conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
Lastly, grain-fed animals have a rather unnatural diet. Their bodies aren’t meant to eat grain. However, they’re often fed products like corn because it fattens them up faster, as opposed to being fed grass as they roam in a pasture. Being fattened up at a high rate has extremely detrimental effects on the animals, which is then passed down to the meat when you eat it.
It Provides You With Healthy Fats
Did you know that grass-fed meats like the ones in ButcherBox can have up to five times the Omega-3 fatty acids as grain-fed beef? Ensuring that you have the right amount of Omega-3s in your diet has been shown to promote heart health by regulating the heartbeat, reducing blood pressure, and reducing inflammation in the body. All of these benefits can help decrease your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
Grass-Fed is Better for the Environment
It takes a lot to sustain cows that are on a grain-fed diet. Why? Cows that have a diet full of grains produce more waste (due to the fact that their bodies can’t properly digest grain) which ultimately causes pollution in our air and water. On the flip side, one study that was conducted by The National Trust found that grass-fed beef production actually reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This is because grass is what these animals are meant to be eating. Thus, their bodies get the right amount of natural vitamins and minerals, ensuring that they’re healthy.
It’s an Easy Way to Start Whole30
Have you been thinking about starting the Whole30 challenge? To many, it can seem like a big undertaking but ButcherBox can actually make it easier for you. This is due to the fact that one of the major dietary recommendations Whole30 revolves around is consuming high-quality grass-fed meats.
When I first tried going Whole30, one of the hardest aspects of it was finding the right foods to eat. ButcherBox takes nearly all of the hassle out of it by shipping you the highest-quality grass-fed meats that are fully approved by the Whole30 organization. As mentioned above, the meat comes from animals that have been humanely raised and never treated with antibiotics or hormones.
If you’re looking to upgrade your diet, ButcherBox is a no-brainer. Not only are you getting quality meat that’s actually good for you but you’re also helping support the environment and local farmers.
If you want to learn more about ButcherBox and even see our unboxing, watch our review below…
Dan Scalco is the founder and director of growth at digital marketing agency Digitalux and has contributed stories to Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur.