Why I recommend Grass Fed Beef
Why I recommend Grass Fed Beef
Grass-Fed Beef Enhances Your Health in More Ways Than One...
Compared to grain-fed cattle, grass-fed beef is:
- Two to four times richer in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
- Higher in "good" unsaturated fats and lower in "bad" saturated fats.
- Three to five times higher in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) content.
- Loaded with over 400% more of vitamin A (as beta carotene) and E.
- Virtually devoid of risk of Mad Cow Disease.
Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in calories
A 6-ounce steak from a grass-fed steer can have 100 fewer calories than the same steak from a grain-fed steer. Simply by switching to lean grass-fed beef, in one year you could save 17,733 calories and lose 6 pounds without changing anything else in your diet.
Grass-fed beef contains less total fat, saturated fat, and calories than grain-fed beef. A grass-fed cow has twice the amount of beta-carotene (vitamin A) than grain-fed cow. There is also three times more vitamin E in grass-fed cows than conventional cows. Switching ruminants from their natural diet of grasses to grains lowers the nutritional value of their meat and dairy products.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA is a fat that is so healthy for you that it has been touted as the “anti-cancer” fat. As soon as you start to feed cattle grain, they start to lose their ability to produce CLA. Animals that graze on pasture grasses have from 300 to 400% more CLA than animals fattened on grain in a feedlot. CLA has been shown to combat arteriosclerosis (clogged arteries), reduce body fat, prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, and, most importantly, prevent and fight cancer. A human would need to consume about 5 grams of CLA daily to achieve a positive health effect. A 3.5 oz serving of grass-fed beef provides 25% of the daily CLA requirement for a positive health effect. The same size serving of conventional beef provides just 9.6% of the daily CLA requirement.
Grains, fruits, vegetables, poultry, and pork contain very little CLA. Grass-fed beef and dairy are the best sources of CLA.
Grass-fed Beef Essential Fatty Acid ratio is equal to fish
-Journal of Animal Science has stated, “Grain-fed beef can have an omega 6:3 ratio higher than 20:1." Health challenges, like inflammation begin to show when your essential fatty acid ratio gets worse than 4:1.
Compare the omega 6:3 ratio between grain-fed beef vs. grass-fed beef.
Grain-fed beef has an omega 6:3 ratio of 20 to 1.
Grass-fed beef has an omega 6:3 ratio of 0.16 to 1.
This is the ratio science suggests is ideal for our diet. This is about the same ratio that fish has. If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, the extra omega 3 from the grass-fed beef will provide incredible nutritional benefits for your child.
More on essential fatty acids
The body can do many things independently. But it depends on more outside sources for its overall well being. The most important dependence the body has is food. There is a balance that exists for overall health and when we are imbalanced we get sick. Every cell in the body requires nutrients to function. Among these nutrients are Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. The human body cannot produce these vital fats independently, so it is essential that we get these fats from food and thus they are classified "essential fatty acids". These two families of fatty acids should be balanced appropriately to help maintain and improve health. Inappropriate balance contributes to disease. A healthy diet should consist of 1-4 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3. The typical American diet contains 11-30 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3. Many researchers believe this imbalance is significant to the rising rate of inflammatory diseases in the US.
Omega-6's in our diets come mostly from grains, such as corn, wheat, and oats. Omega-3's are found in green, leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and--grass. The Omega-3's in the grass consumed by grass fed cows are stored in their tissues. Cows eating grass enhance the Omega-3 content by 60%. Therefore, eating grass fed beef will increase the amount of Omega-3's in your diet.
Once again we are shown that the way God has intended for food to be on the planet is much healthier than the way man makes it.
I have purchased my grass fed beef from US wellness meats for years. I am very satisfied with the quality of the beef and their dedication to keeping the beef as close to how God had intended. I recommend Clicking Here and trying them out. Enjoy-Dr. Dan
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