EPISODE #950

Meat Myths: Truth, Lies and Flawed Science

Autumn Smith

How upgrading your meat choices benefits you (and other humans), animals and the environment.

 

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In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

…you’ll learn how eating meat benefits human health, including protein specifics and the clear advantages of regenerative agriculture.

Today’s guest suffered from debilitating digestive issues and crippling anxiety for most of her life. Specialist after specialist told Autumn Smith nothing could be done to alleviate her physical and mental health distress.

As a last-ditch effort, she turned to the power of whole foods. She cleaned up her diet with Paleo-inspired eating and improved her gut in just 30 days. The changes also decreased her anxiety, increased her mental sharpness, and discovered her inner vibrancy. That experience propelled Autumn to help others capture the power of whole foods through quality food products produced by regenerative agricultural practices.

In 2013, she and her husband, Chas, along with another family member and friend, launched Paleovalley. They built a company dedicated to helping people get essential nutrients without added sugars, grains, and other harmful ingredients. With meat being the central focus of their business, they set out to learn all they could about production and regenerative farming.

“We learned about these highly managed systems that incorporate cattle and move them around,” Autumn explains. “They have a potential to heal the environment and create really nutrient dense food and restore ecosystem and biodiversity and the health of the soil biology and the fungi and the microbial fungi and all of that when it’s done really well. That was really exciting to us. That’s why we actually ended up founding our second company solely based on regenerative agriculture. Now, Paleovalley is also solely based on regenerative agriculture.”

“This message is so loud that meat is harmful, you'd think it was based on evolution or maybe sound science, but it actually has its roots in religion and ideology and in business and in some flawed science.”

Autumn Smith / Paleovalley

“We learned about these highly managed systems that incorporate cattle and move them around,” Autumn explains. “They have a potential to heal the environment and create really nutrient dense food and restore ecosystem and biodiversity and the health of the soil biology and the fungi and the microbial fungi and all of that when it’s done really well. That was really exciting to us. That’s why we actually ended up founding our second company solely based on regenerative agriculture. Now, Paleovalley is also solely based on regenerative agriculture.”

Understanding the nuance, the many flavors of grass feeding, and the differences was an integral part for them, too.

In 2018, they launched Wild Pastures, a regenerative meat delivery service, and recently opened Wild Pastures Burger Company, their flagship fast casual burger restaurant in Boulder, Colorado.

This conversation gets into the problems with current methods of animal agriculture and possible solutions. You’ll find out more about the nutritional differences of animal products depending on how they’re raised. Autumn says meat labels can be tricky, too, so she breaks down the jargon and tells you what to look for and what to avoid.

Autumn advocates for meat’s many advantages and works to dispel the myths that continue to persist about meat consumption. One of which is that plant-based proteins can sub in for animal proteins with similar benefits. That’s just not true.

“When you look at quality, like the digestible, indispensable amino acid score, you’ll see animal proteins are far higher, sometimes two times as high on the scale of quality as vegetable-based sources,” she says.

From soil to farming to raising animals humanely, building community and managing economies, Autumn talks about how to make choices that are right for you and everything around you.

“We are only as good as the health of our soil. And so, when we are restoring communities, when it’s a local operation, we’re helping the environment; we’re helping people create more nutrient dense foods; security, job securities there; and food security and food sovereignty happens as well,” she says.

More about Autumn Smith: Autumn holds a master’s in Holistic Nutrition and currently is a doctoral candidate in Holistic Nutrition. She’s a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, an Eating Psychology Coach certified by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and received Soil Advocacy Training by Kiss The Ground. She hosts the popular Optimize Paleo podcast.

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  • So, tell me about the history of Americans and meat. Why do we even think anything about meat versus bread? Why is bread supposed to be good for you?  – 3:44
  • We’re all eating so many poor quality fats, I’d say the fat’s very important, but we’re also metabolically broken. Two out of 10 of us are metabolically healthy. – 10:13
  • Plant-based protein powders are not going to be the same as a grass-fed steak.  – 15:42
  • We know that in grain-finished cows, they emit less methane because they’re not eating as much fiber.  – 22:01
  • Beef or meat-based iron is between 15% and 35% absorbable and plant-based non-heme iron is between two and 20.  – 25:40
  • What’s changed with grass fed over the past almost 10 years that you’ve done it?  – 32:48
  • But when you had regenerative and raised beef, it was actually a carbon sink and it was negative 3.5.  – 36:14
  • Wild Pastures is just meat delivery, 15- or 25-pound boxes, all regeneratively raised, all from America and then we deliver it directly to your door.  – 40:38
  • They put laws in place so restaurants can’t serve locally sourced beef in many states, it all depends. California blocked that.  – 45:02
  • What studies have you seen on what happens when you feed cows grass? Tell me about secondary compounds and what those are.  – 46:05
  • Can you talk to me about the incredibly bizarre labeling that’s on meat?  – 50:29
  • Oh yeah, I forgot, organic too, also, doesn’t necessarily mean the cow is eating grass or on pasture.  – 52:38

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