New York, NY – Eating sustainable, pasture-raised and organic foods is
an easy way to combat the dangerously high blood pressure researchers
have found in more Americans than ever before. That's because meat
from pasture-raised animals is lower in calories and saturated fat
than animals produced in factory farms.
"On factory farms, animals are overfed meal, grains and unsavory
by-products to make them gain weight as quickly as possible," said
Alice Slater, President of the Global Resource Action Center for the
Environment (GRACE). "As a result of this gorging, factory farmed
meat has a much higher fat content."
By raising animals on grasses and greens that their bodies are
naturally adapted to eat, sustainable farmers can offer leaner cuts of
meat. A growing body of scientific research has documented that meat
from pasture-raised animals is lower in calories and "bad" omega-6
fats and contains more of the "good" omega-3 fats that help fight
disease and lower blood pressure. Free range chickens, for instance,
have 21% less total fat and 30% less saturated fat than their
factory-farmed counterparts. Eggs from poultry raised on sustainable
farms have 10% less total fat and nearly 400% more omega-3 than eggs
And lower saturated fat intake helps combat high blood pressure.
Saturated fat increases the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL),
which tend to stick to the walls of arteries. When this fatty buildup
enlarges and becomes hardened with minerals, such as calcium, it forms
plaque. Plaque stiffens and narrows the arteries causing blood
pressure to rise.
"Switching to a diet of sustainably-raised meat may be the simplest
way to lower saturated fat without making significant changes in
lifestyle," notes Slater. "And with more stores offering
sustainably-raised meat, dairy and eggs, it couldn't be easier to make