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Beef Consumption is Up

The number of cattle in the United States has fallen to a seven-year low, according to the USDA. There were 103.5 million cattle in 1996; at the start of this year, there were 96.1 million. Many ranchers around Dillon have been forced to cut their herds. Five consecutive years of drought here have shattered rainfall records that date to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. The declining supply of cattle is coinciding with a jump in consumer demand for beef. It is up 10 percent since 1998, according to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a trade group. (The association calculates demand by correlating how much beef consumers eat with how much they are willing to pay for it.) Spending on beef has increased $14 billion in the past four years.

What the traditional media fails to realize however, is that beef is not good for everyone. Even grass-fed organic beef. What is improving people's health is not eating beef, but reducing the grains and sugars and lowering insulin levels. If you have a nutritional type that requires low protein and low fat you will not improve your health by eating healthy beef. In my experience, most people who are in this camp already know it and feel like they have eaten a brick if they eat beef. This is a giant clue and they should clearly avoid even healthy beef. However, it is encouraging to see a lifting of the cultural bias against a very healthy food.

Washington Post December 22, 2003; Page A17

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