Pasture-raising, just like its name suggests, is the method of raising meats for human consumption in fields or paddocks planted to grass. Pasture-raising meats like pork is not such a popular practice as industrial production in gigantic feedlots is still the norm these days. However, the increasing interest in pasture-raised and organic meats has resulted in some producers adopting the method. A growing number of studies also points to the wholesome goodness and overall health benefits of meats like pork that have been raised organically in well maintained pastures.
Continue reading and find out more about the health benefits of pasture-raised organic pork and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid strongly recommends you add this source of protein in your diet.
Health Benefits of Pasture-Raised, Organic Pork:
In the organic pasture-raising method as is the case with grass-fed beef, for instance, the animals are allowed to roam and graze in controlled open spaces planted to grass. In the case of swine, because they get to constantly move and not just stand in crowded feedlots as is the case in industrial meat farms, the pasture-raised hogs end up having leaner bodies as a result. Because this is the case, their meat then contain considerably less harmful fats than their feedlot-produced counterpart.
Hogs are not exclusively ruminant or grass-eating animals. Because this is the case, producers of pasture-raised, organic pork see to it to supplement the animals’ diets with other beneficial oilseeds like flaxseed. As a result, pasture-raised, organic pork end up having more omega-3 fatty acids which have shown to have beneficial effects to coronary health as well as aid in the treatment of depression.
Pasture-raised, organic pork happen to have fewer health problems. Because the animals are allowed to graze in open fields, they tend to have fewer incidences of foot and leg diseases. Pasture-raised, organic pork does not utilize antibiotics as well. Because this is the case, the danger of antibiotics meant for humans losing their efficacy is considerably reduced.
Practical Uses of Pasture-Raised, Organic Pork:
Pasture-raise, organic pork is prepared pretty much like the conventionally produced pork. But you might just be able to maximize the more robust flavor of pasture-raised organic pork if you consider these tips during preparation and cooking.
Pasture-raised, organic pork is lean, and depending on the cut, may not contain that much marbled fat that help keep the meat tender during cooking. Because this is the case, it’s then very crucial to avoid overcooking the pork. Consider cooking pork cuts of 1” or more of thickness on medium-high to high heat for at least 4 minutes per side to ensure the meat is tender yet sufficiently cooked.
Opt to utilize a meat tenderizer when seasoning your choice of pasture-raised, organic pork cut. Lay a sheet of saran wrap on your kitchen counter and sprinkle your choice of seasoning on top of the wrap. Coat the pork cuts with the seasoning and fold the wrap over the pork cuts to fully cover them, and then pound the meat with the tenderizer to ensure the seasoning gets absorbed by the meat.
Another method to ensure the meat doesn’t get too tough during cooking is to cook it in thick sauce utilizing a slow cooker. Infusing your sauce with herbs like thyme, sage, garlic, and red pepper for those who prefer spicy.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of sardines, anchovies or haddock in water or olive oil that will help you in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the protein sources on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Organic Yogurt (Full-Fat)
• Soaked or sprouted beans and legumes
• Raw seeds and nuts
• Roasted Seeds and Nuts
• Regular or Canned Beans and Legumes
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