It's county fair week here in Lewis County, which means summer is in full swing. It's been hot and sunny all week, which is typical for us in mid-July. After the long winter, we're enjoying the sunshine!
A calorie is a calorie, right? Maybe not. A recent study
shows that certain refined carbohydrates may actually trigger "food addiction", specifically carbs high on the glycemic index. Subjects in this study consumed nearly identical foods, with the main difference being the glycemic levels. Researchers then monitored blood sugar levels and appetite of the subjects, and found that those consuming the high glycemic food had blood sugar levels crash just a few hours after eating, and were hungrier sooner. Processed carbohydrates generally have a higher glycemic index, so if you are used to that afternoon crash, stick with healthy, whole foods at lunch and try raw nuts
for your afternoon snack.
Want to get your hands on a future best selling cookbook? If you place an order
with us this week you will be eligible to win a copy of the not-yet-released Against All Grain
cookbook, by one of our favorite feature chefs Danielle Walker
. We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of this cookbook and were so impressed. She has prepared some of our favorite traditional meals without the gluten, grains, dairy or refined sugars, and even has a kids section in the cookbook, so there is truly something here for the whole family. Everyone who orders with us this week will be eligible to win a free copy of Against All Grain
- you don't have to do anything extra and we'll announce the winner in next Sunday's newsletter and in our social media outlets.
One of our favorites is on sale
this week. Pork lard
used to be a staple in American kitchens until the 'low fat' trend hit, but luckily people are starting to again realize the benefits of healthy animal fats. Our pork lard
is very versatile and adds a rich flavor to anything you are cooking.
Stay current with all of our sales, specials and giveaways by following us on Facebook
. We're always posting new recipes and cooking tips along with our favorite new cookbooks on Pinterest
John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats
|Upcoming Grassfed Exchange Event|
- Who: Grass-fed Producers and Interested Consumers
- What: Grassfed Exchange Conference 2013
- When: August 20-22, 2013
- Where: Bismarck, ND
- Why: Learn what is happening in the grass-fed beef industry, and how producers are adapting to supply a growing consumer market.
The Grassfed Exchange is a unique gathering of the leading grass-fed producers and interested consumers who are driving the grass-fed market. There is truly something here for everyone. Enjoy a full day of pasture tours and two full days of presentations from some of the leaders in this industry. Check out the full schedule on their website, and be sure to register before July 29, 2013 for discounted pricing. We are offering a 20% discount to the first 25 readers to use on their registration! Simply type in promo code: Grassfed to save 20%!
There are also opportunities to exhibit
at the Grassfed Exchange, this will give you access to some of the top producers in the market today.
Several of our producers have been involved with the Grassfed Exchange for many years, and will be in attendance in August and happy to answer any questions you might have about our operations. We look forward to seeing you there!
Recent Health News|
Elevated Gluten Antibodies Found in Children With Autism
Researchers have found elevated antibodies to gluten proteins of wheat in children with autism in comparison to those without autism. The results also indicated an association between the elevated antibodies and the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms in the affected children. They did not find any connection, however, between the elevated antibodies and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder known to be triggered by gluten. The results were e-published in the journal PLOS ONE
Gluten, a group of more than 70 proteins in wheat and related grains, consists of gliadins and glutenins. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that negatively affects communication and social interaction. Although the mechanisms that cause autism are poorly understood, there is mounting evidence that the immune system plays a role in a subset of patients. In addition, autistic children commonly have gastrointestinal symptoms. In recent years, diets that exclude gluten have become increasingly popular in the autism community. The effectiveness of such diets, however, has not been confirmed in controlled and blinded studies.
The study, headed by Armin Alaedini, PhD, assistant professor of medical sciences (in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Human Nutrition) at Columbia University Medical Center, looked at blood samples and medical records of 140 children. Thirty-seven of the children were diagnosed with autism and the rest were unaffected siblings or healthy control subjects. To increase diagnostic accuracy, only patients identified as having autism according to two well-recognized diagnostic instruments, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised, were selected. The blood samples were tested for antibodies to tissue transglutaminase, a sensitive and specific marker of celiac disease, as well as antibodies to gliadin. The patients also were tested for genes encoding certain human leukocyte antigens, which are strongly associated with celiac disease.
"This is the first study to systematically look at serologic and genetic markers of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in such well-characterized cohorts of autism patients and controls," said Peter H. R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center and one of the study authors. "But the findings need to be confirmed in larger cohorts."
The authors suggest that further research is needed to understand the relevance of the described antibodies in autism. "The IgG antibody response to gluten does not necessarily indicate sensitivity to gluten or any disease-causing role for the antibodies in the context of autism," said Dr. Alaedini. "But the higher levels of antibody to gluten and their association with gastrointestinal symptoms point to immunologic and/or intestinal permeability abnormalities in the affected children." Dr. Alaedini noted that a better understanding of the immune response to gluten may yield novel clues about autism or offer biomarkers to identify a subset of patients that would respond to certain treatment strategies.
Columbia University Medical Center. "Elevated gluten antibodies found in children with autism." ScienceDaily, 20 Jun. 2013. Web. 5 Jul. 2013.
Ask the Doctor|
Spring is on its way, and is always the hardest time of year for me because of my allergies. Are there certain foods or supplements that might ease some of these symptoms?
You are correct spring is on its way and this is a frequent question that gets asked all the time. Here are a few things I would add to my arsenal against seasonal allergies.
- Keep the areas of nasal mucosa nice and moist with good essential fatty acids. I would recommend Alpha Omegas 3 from SST. Scott can take care of you there.
- I would get on a great multi vitamin. Musclepharm's Armor V is one of the best.
- I would stay away from certain foods that I consider to be hyperallergenic in wheat and dairy.
- A good probiotic supplement is a great way to keep your gut function in tact which assists in immune function.
These are some generic rules that I would follow. Well, I guess if you get caught in some sort of dust storm nothing will help, but I would advise staying away from those.
Dr. Michael Kim
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Dr. Kim is always seeking the latest and newest ways to help people with weight loss, athletic performance and healthy eating. He has a deep connection with MMA fighters, NFL athletes, and other professional athletes. He is at the forefront of breaking science with Muscle Pharm Sports Science and Research Center. His goal is to make living healthier for everyone, one meal at a time.
For the Marinade:
- 1 lb grassfed lamb trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 6-8 skewers, either wood or metal. (wood should be soaked so it doesn't burn)
- 2 organic red onions, peeled and quartered
- 2 organic red peppers, deseeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 small, organic zucchinis, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 cloves organic garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- Celtic or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil
- First mash up all the spices in a pestle and mortar until fine, then mix with the oil to make a thick marinade paste. Put the lamb pieces into a bowl and cover with the marinade.
- Let them sit there for half an hour to an hour.
- Then, using the skewers, spike each piece of meat alternately with red onion, zucchini and peppers.
- Grill for around 5 minutes, turning regularly, to give you nicely charred meat on the outside with juicy pink on the inside.
- Allow to rest for a few minutes before eating. Enjoy!
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Hi wonderful folks at U.S. Wellness Meats, Bought my 13-year-old puppy two knuckle bone cartilages. Do I give it frozen, thaw and give it to her like that, or do I have to/should I cook it first? If I cook first, how long and what method?
(No need to cook the knuckle bones, we suggest thawing, then giving them to your dog!)Thanks,Maureen G. & Peaches PS - Peaches says to tell you she loves the pet burger. Yum!
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These US Wellness lambs are busy mowing off a fresh pasture in Central Missouri.
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U.S. Wellness Meats was founded on
September 1st, 2000. Pasture management and meat science research originated in 1997.
The company office is located in Monticello, Missouri in Lewis County which joins the Mississippi River 140 miles North of St. Louis.
The company has branched from beef products into: Grass-Fed Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Wild Caught Seafood, Grass-Fed Bison, Grass-Fed Butter, Raw Grass-Fed Cheese, Raw Honey, Gourmet Rabbit
, Pre-Cooked Entrees, Snacks, and Pet Food.
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