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    Found a cool site today with lots of fun little articles about the superiority of grass-fed and pastured beef, eggs, chickens, and lots of other foods.

    Apologies if you guys have already seen it, but it's new for me. Makes me feel a lot better about my pig-out today (hey, I worked out super hard at the gym!).


    http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm


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    kuno1chi, where do you find grass-fed meat in the city? Whole Foods? Due to financial constraints, I tend to buy whatever grain-fed meat I can from either Lucky's or Costco. I do buy bacon at Trader Joe's, but am under the impression that while their meat contains less hormones, it is still grain-fed ("vegetarian diet," which still means corn or whatever).

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      hfox,


      I go to Whole Paycheck for beef and chicken, usually TJ's for their frozen fish. I go to Salama Halal Market (Jones and Geary) for Goat. I'm not a bacon eater (I know, I'm a heretic!), because it makes the house smell like bacon, and my BF is Muslim (he says it doesn't bother him, but I feel strongly).


      Definitely feel you on the financial constraints!

      Gotta be super-selective-it ain't cheap to eat this way...but it's cheaper than the Prozac, blood-pressure and blood-sugar meds my Doc almost had me taking :-D

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        Thank you so much for more of these helpful local recommendations!


        My family mostly eats a lot of garbage so our house is much more likely to be filled w/ "organic" poptarts, "juice" from concentrate, or "healthy" bread and pasta rather than with nutritious, quality food. In a lot of ways, we shatter many of the typical SF stereotypes.


        I'm still trying to learn where to go to stock up on decent food--in a city that is so often regarded as a healthy food destination in the U.S.!

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          The good stuff is out there...in amongst all the crap foods that most people eat, even in SF!


          Think of it as modern-day foraging ;-)

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            For SF bay area folks: I buy ground grassfed beef for $5/pound at the farmer's market from Marin Sun Farms. It's local, delicious, and the best price I've found on grassfed beef anywhere. I buy it in Marin at the Sunday Civic Center farmer's market, but they also have a spot at a Saturday farmer's market in SF at the Ferry Building. They also sell pastured eggs and chickens, among other goods. Their web site is at http://www.marinsunfarms.com/


            If I can't pick up Marin Sun Farms beef (which is rare, I'm usually well-stocked), I get the grassfed ground beef from Trader Joe's for $6/pound. It's marked as "natural," I believe, with "100% grassfed" written underneath.

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              Just wondering, is organic meat generally the same as grass-fed, or does it at least yield similiar benefits?

              On a mission to help others master movement, build unbreakable strength, & eat MORE food (can't beat that.) Weekly fitness, health & nutrition articles at indulgentfitness.com.

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                If beef is marked as only "organic," it is likely still grain fed -- just fed organic grains. Its fatty acid profile will still be pretty bad, and not really any different than "non-organic" beef.


                There are some food chains that label grass-fed beef as just "organic" -- Whole Foods, for example -- but generally, if you want grass-fed, look for it to say "100% grass-fed" on the label.


                If a grass-fed cut isn't marked as "100% grass-fed," it likely means the cow ate grass all its life except for the time leading up to its slaughter, where it ate grains to fatten up a bit. Just a little bit of time eating grains skews the fatty acid profile of the meat, so stick with 100% grass-fed.

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                  I was going to go to a health food store today, Native Sun, and noticed that on their website they list all their meat as "organic", with no hormones or antibiotics. I suppose I should ask them if any of it is actually grass-fed...That stuff is so dang hard to get a hold of!

                  On a mission to help others master movement, build unbreakable strength, & eat MORE food (can't beat that.) Weekly fitness, health & nutrition articles at indulgentfitness.com.

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                    Another question to ask, is not only is it grass-fed, but is it grass-finished. Grass-finished means the cow ate nothing but grass until it went to the slaughterhouse.

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                      Helen is right on. If it's not grass-finished, its fatty acid profile will be similar to a cow that ate grain all its life. As far as I understand, anything labeled "100% grass-fed" is grass-finished.

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                        another good site would be grassfedtraditions.com


                        check it out!

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                          Farmer's Markets in Los Angeles have a seller who sells "Grass Finished" beef. I bought some when I first started, but then I read their brochure... they feed their cows Barley at some point... When you ask if they are 100% GF, they say "more importantly, you should ask if its grass finished!!", and then you realize later they never answered the question.


                          I can't even find another stand at the farmer's market that sells 100%GF beef... how strange is that?? They do have a 100GF bison stand, which is amazingly delicious, but much more expensive at 9 bucks a pound.... Whole Paycheck sells 100GF beef for about 6.50 a pound - so i go there sometimes.

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                            Chris -


                            $5/lb is unbelievable! I just paid $24/lb for some 100% grass fed beef. Granted it's a 2" thick tenderloin and tastes absolutely amazing....but dang, it's hard on the wallet.

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                              SuperTarget markets (well, mine anyway) sell a small amount of grass-fed meat (ground beef and bison, at least). Might be worth checking if there's one near you.

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