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"Profound" Study Compares Processed vs. Real Food

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

June 2, 2019

Product Update –

1) Chicken- The second batch was harvested May 24th. There may be a few whole chickens available for July & August. Otherwise, our chicken are sold out.

2)Beef - Individual cuts - we are back in stock on all beef items and will be adding more late June

Custom Half Beef - I have added more for processing the week of June 10th. If you are interested in a half beef please follow this link to learn more and place your deposit to reserve your order

3) Pork- We are back in stock on pork (except bacon & chops) as I picked up the last group from the processor April 23rd. If you are looking for a half or whole pig we will process again in July

4) Eggs- Egg production is running on ALL cylinders! Lay rate is 95-98% which is outstanding. We have added all size options to our website and can easily fill your orders.

Hey, Ben here. Research by the National Institutes of Health and published in the journal Cell Metabolism, indicates that people consumed significantly more calories & gained more weight when they ate diets high in ultra-processed foods compared to when they ate minimally processed and whole foods. Research participates eating highly processed foods consumed an extra 500 calories per day.

They gained an average of 2-pounds per day when eating foods such as breakfast cereals, muffins, white bread, sugary yogurts, low-fat potato chips, canned foods, processed meats, fruit juices and diet beverages. Almost all the extra calories came from carbohydrates and fat.

Researchers said these foods caused a rise in hunger hormones compared to a diet that contained minimally processed foods such as fresh fruits & vegetables, eggs, grilled chicken, fish, beef, and whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

The research trial included 20 participants, all healthy adults with an average age of 31. Each were assigned to live in a research facility for four weeks. They were fed both diets (whole foods & ultra processed)- for two weeks each. They were carefully monitored and instructed to consume as much or as little as they desired. Researchers prepared all their meals, tracked all the food they ate and carefully analyzed the effects of those foods on their weight, body fat, hormones, and other biomarkers.

"I was surprised by the magnitude of the changes we saw," said Kevin Hall, the lead author of the study and an expert at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

Here at the farm, the only thing about the study that surprised us is how surprised the experts were at the results! Frankly, this study could have been accomplished by standing outside a convenience store or Wal-Mart and observe what foods folks are buying. Cheap! Convenient! Little to no skills needed to prepare! The high price comes in the form of diabetes, obesity, poor mental health (good fat fuels the brain), and the list goes on. It begs the question, "what value do you put on your health?"

At Nature's Gourmet Farm, we thank you for supporting (integrity) regenerative food sources to create a food system that is better for the animals welfare, better for regenerating the land and better for a healthy community. That is the only way to make a positive impact.

Customer Feedback-

Ben and Beth,

We just have to tell you guys about Rob's recent visit to the PCP for annual check up and routine lab work. His provider was particularly amazed at his total cholesterol trends over the past 2 years. While target is 176, last year his was 164. This year it was 146!!! The ONLY, and I emphasize ONLY, change in his routine in diet and/or exercise over the past 10 years has been to switch our meat source (beef and chicken - we don't eat much pork) to Nature's Gourmet Farm. I can't believe this is coincidence.

I have also been cooking with my homemade broths made with your beef bones, and chicken bones from your hens after we have enjoyed eating them. I don't strain the fat from either broth...that goes right in my recipes when I cook with is so rich and wonderful! This healthy fat does NOT increase total serum cholesterol.

Ok, just had to share this with y'all. We are so excited to have the "numbers" ... but didn't really need them since our taste buds tell us every time what a great choice this is!

R & S

Quote Worth Re-Quoting
– “As I grew steadily more comfortable in the kitchen, I found that, much like gardening, most cooking manages to be agreeably absorbing without being too demanding intellectually. It leaves plenty of mental space for daydreaming and reflection." – Michael Pollan

Thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth

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