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All 100% Grass-Fed Beef Is Not Created Equal

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How could there be a difference?

Doesn’t 100% grass fed mean that all the cows ever ate was 100% grass?

Well, there’s more to it than just the grass. But let’s start with the grass.

Is the pasture just grass, or are there a variety of greens like herbs, forbs and legumes?

Is the pasture certified organic and free of fungicides, herbicides and pesticides?

Now for the non-grass factors …

Are the cattle checked for toxins in their bodies and detoxed when indicated?

How are the cattle slaughtered?

Are they slain with a blow to the head that causes pooling of blood and a rush of adrenaline, which may affect the quality of the meat? Or are they treated humanely according to animal kindness standards? This makes a difference in the taste and tenderness of the meat.

Beyond Organic beef is 100% green fed on certified organic pastures of herbs, forbs and legumes. Before the cattle go to slaughter, they are put on a 3 day bovine detox program, if indicated. They are NOT slain with a blow to the head. Their blood is removed and the procedures adhere to animal kindness standards.

What difference does this make?

Here is my experience.

When I have eaten 100% grass fed ground beef in the past, it was always dense, dry and not very tasty. I would always mix in an egg and other moist ingredients to make it taste good. But even with that, I still preferred ground turkey.

When I got my Beyond Organic Ground Beef, I decided to follow their recipe. It called for 1/2 cup of sauteed vegetables mixed in with a pound of ground beef.

But I was a little concerned …

If this beef was like the grass fed beef I’d been buying, wasn’t it going to turn out tough and dry? They used fewer moist ingredients than I used with my other beef.

So, instead of putting in 1/2 cup of sauteed veggies, I used 3/4 cup. Still not enough to turn a dry, leathery burger into a moist and mouth-watering one. But I wanted to give it a fair try.

To my utter amazement, this was the most tender, moist, mouthwatering and tasty burger I had ever eaten.

Their hotdogs are the best I’ve ever eaten too! And with 10 grams of protein in every dog … at least 50% more protein than other certified organic hot dogs.

If purity, quality and good taste are important to you, you owe it to yourself to give Beyond Organic a try.

An Amasai Story

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What is Amasai?

Amasai from Beyond Organic is a smoothie-like cultured beverage made from the whole milk of old world style cows with the A2 beta casein gene who are fed only on certified organic pastures containing grass, herbs, forbs and legumes. It is processed at low temperatures using old world culturing methods.

This product is unique. There is no other product in America that compares with Beyond Organic Amasai.

Now for the stories …

I just received my Beyond Organic products last Friday, 11/11/11.  The Amasai was too frozen to try. The next day while I was away, my daughter had some of the partially thawed Raspberry Amasai. She was so excited about it that she called me and said it was so delicious … it tasted just like frozen yogurt.

Yesterday in my office I saw a patient for a nutritional consultation. I mentioned Beyond Organic to her and since she already had some of Jordan Rubin’s books and was a fan of his, she was eager to join Beyond Organic. Now, she was going on a trip early next week and was interested in trying the Amasai and taking it with her for a healthy beverage to drink. I knew she wouldn’t receive it in time to take with her if she ordered right then. So, I went home and got her a bottle of the Milk & Honey Amasai and a pound of cheese. When I returned I started signing her up as a Preferred Customer for Beyond Organic. During the process, she decided to open the Amasai to taste it. She loved it so much that by the time I finished processing her membership, she had finished the whole bottle of the Amasai!

Amasai Ingredients

Beyond Organic Amasai comes in three flavors with only healthy ingredients and 30 different probiotics …  no thickeners, stabilizers, artificial colors or flavors.

Plain Amasai contains … Cultured whole milk, probiotic cultures.

Milk & Honey Amasai contains … Cultured whole milk, organic honey, organic cane sugar, organic vanilla, probiotic cultures.

Raspberry Amasai contains … Cultured whole milk, organic cane sugar, organic raspberries (juice and puree), organic vanilla, probiotic cultures.

Frozen Yogurt Ingredients

By contrast, here are the ingredients in two flavors of TCBY’s frozen yogurt.

Their Golden Vanilla frozen yogurt contains … Whole Milk, Skim Milk, Condensed Skim Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Polydextrose, Contains 2% or less of: Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavors, Natural Cream Flavor, Annatto, Vitamins A & D, Stabilizer and Emulsifier (Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Mono & Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan), Disodium Phosphate, Whey, Calcium Carbonate).Milk cultured with the following live active cultures: B. lactis, L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. lactis, L. casei, S. thermophilus, L. rhamnosus.

Their Strawberry frozen yogurt contains … Whole Milk, Skim Milk, Sugar, Condensed, Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Polydextrose, Emulsifiers and Stabilizers (Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Mono & Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Cellulose Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Guar Gum, Carrageenan), Contains 2% or Less of: Strawberry Base (Sugar, Strawberries, Water, Natural Flavor, Citric, Acid, Pectin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Sorbate, Red #40), Citric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Cream Flavor, Whey, FD&C Red 40, Disodium Phosphate, FD&C Blue #1, Vitamins A & D. Milk cultured with the following live active cultures: B. lactis, L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. lactis, L. casei, S. thermophilus, L. rhamnosus.

Amasai vs. Frozen Yogurt – Comparison

As you can see, compared to the Amasai, the frozen yogurt contains a multitude of non-food ingredients that you would NOT find in your kitchen.

Some of those ingredients are possible hidden sources of MSG – Natural Flavors, Natural Cream Flavor, Citric Acid, Carrageenan.

Other ingredients are potential sources of GMO ingredients – Sugar, Corn Syrup.

In addition, they contain artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, as well as a variety of other food additives that should not be in your food.

So, which is healthier? … You decide!

Learn more about Amasai and the other healthy choices from Beyond Organic.

A New Way To See Food

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Keep Questionable Synthetics Out of Organics!

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“Federal organic law prohibits synthetic and non-organically produced ingredients from organics, unless they have been petitioned, carefully reviewed, and approved (materials like baking powder have been permitted).

“But some corporate-backed members of the National Organic Standards Board, which advises the USDA Secretary on organic policy and rulemaking, would like to open the door to all synthetic and non-organically produced ingredients to be added freely to organic foods–as long as they have, theoretically, nutritional value.

“Some of these unapproved “nutrient” ingredients cause health problems–DHA and ARA oils (from algae and soil fungus), for example, have been linked to serious gastrointestinal problems in some children. And most have been produced in ways that would shock any organic consumer — chemically extracted with toxic solvents, grown in genetically engineered feedstock…”

Read More and Sign the Petition

This movement to lower the organic standards by food interests whose only concern is profit, not your health, is a key reason to make sure your organic food is really organic. You can be confident that you will find only the best, purest and superior quality foods at Beyond Organic.

Watch introductory video here.

Chocolate And Probiotics

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Who ever thought that something once thought to be a vice, an unhealthy habit, could actually be health enhancing?

For a number of years now, the health benefits of chocolate have been touted. There have been articles all over the internet proclaiming it’s

  • richness in antioxidants
  • ability to lower blood pressure
  • ability to lower LDL cholesterol
  • action as a natural anti-depressant
  • and more…

Companies have been producing organic dark chocolate and marketing it as a healthy treat. Mind you, it is the unrefined, unprocessed dark chocolate that is the healthy, antioxidant rich delicacy.

The regular milk chocolate or dark chocolate bars from the conventional food companies don’t qualify… read their ingredients lists.

Take for example, Hershey’s Dark Chocolate. The ingredients cannot be found on the Hershey website. They only provide Nutrition Facts, which can be deceiving. In fact, my quest to find an ingredients list for Hershey’s Dark Chocolate online yielded very little success, except for which gave these ingredients for the Hershey’s Extra Dark (60% Cacao) Chocolate Bar, 3.52-Ounce Bars

Ingredients: Semi-sweet Chocolate (Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa, Milk Fat, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor and Milk).

Since this product is not certified organic, the sugar may be GMO, the milk fat and the milk are most likely from factory farmed cows, confined in unhealthy, crowded conditions, fed GMO feed, with the A1 beta casein gene. Natural vanilla flavor is a potential source of hidden MSG.

While Hershey’s touts the health benefits of their dark chocolate, those benefits are outweighed by the other less than healthy ingredients in their Dark Chocolate Bar.

What about a brand like Ghirardelli? Many people consider it to be a high quality brand of chocolate. Take for example the Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares Dark Chocolate 60% Cacao

Ingredients: Unsweetened Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin (An Emulsifier), Vanilla.

These ingredients are certainly better than Hersheys, but there are still a couple red flags. For one, the sugar may be GMO. Secondly, it is not certified organic.

One of the Premier Organic Dark Chocolate bars is Green & Blacks, Dark 70%. This was the only company of those I have listed above where they actually had the complete ingredients list on the company website.

Ingredients: Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Whole Milk Powder

A big improvement over the non-organic dark chocolate. However, there are a couple questions …

  • Is the milk in this organic chocolate bar raw or pasteurized? It’s most likely pasteurized.
  • Is the milk from cows that have the A1 beta casein gene or the A2 gene? The A1 gene is the predominant gene, even among organic dairies in the U.S. But it’s the milk from the cows with the A2 gene that has all the health benefits.

Introducing … Beyond Organic Probiotic Chocolate

Beyond Organic Chocolate is certified organic and GMO Free. It’s crafted by 5th generation Italian Chocolatiers and contains toasted flaxseeds for Omega-3’s and is infused with probiotics …

There is no other chocolate on the market that has these extra health enhancing ingredients, that will not only satisfy your desire for a delicious, chocolate delicacy, but will also be providing nutrients that your body needs for good health.

: Organic bittersweet chocolate (Organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), organic vanilla extract), organic flaxseeds, Probiotic Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086

In addition, notice that the Beyond Organic Chocolate bar does NOT contain milk. It is truly dark chocolate.

View the label.

Healthy chocolate … the way chocolate was meant to be! Now, you can have your chocolate and eat it too!