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Grass Fed Beef: More Health Benefits

Animals that are raised in pasture, graze on their natural diet of grass. They live low stress, healthier lives.  They dine on nutrient rich foods. In fact, they are so healthy that there is no need to treat them with antibiotics or other drugs.  Optimizing the welfare of the animal leads to healthier, happier animals, which in turn optimizes the welfare of the people who eat them.  


Grain Fed vs Grass Fed Beef 

 

Grain-Fed Beef

Grass-Fed Beef

Added Hormones

Usually

No

Fed Antibiotics

Usually

No

Fed Grain

Yes

No

Omega 6:3 Ratio

20:1

3:1

CLA (conjugate linoleic acid)

Low

High

Beta Carotene, Vitamin E & A

Low

High

Total Fat

High & Saturated

Proper Balance

E. Coli Risk (ground beef)

High

Very Low


1.  Grass fed beef is healthier.

  • Grass fed beef is rich in health-enhancing fats and low in fats linked with disease.
  • Grass-fed beef is an excellent source of Vitamin A (10 times more than grain fed), and is higher in Vitamin E (3 times more than grain fed beef). 
  • Grass-fed beef is higher B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

 

2.  Grass fed beef is leaner with much less saturated fat and lower in calories, about 100 fewer calories per 6 ounces.

 

3.  Grass fed beef is high in Omega 3 fatty acids. It has the recommended 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids. People whose diets exceed the ratio are at high risk of degenerative diseases (cardiovascular, cancer and diabetes) Grain fed beef can have ratios that exceed

20:1. This is because the supply of Omega 3’s drop each day that an animal spends in the feedlot.


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4.  Grass-fed beef is a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a recently discovered good fat that helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.

 

5.  Grass-fed beef is safe from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease (MCD).

 

6.  The risk of E. coli infection is typically much lower in locally sourced grass-fed beef.  The cattle are cleaner at time of slaughter and are typically processed by a skilled local butcher who takes great care to ensure the meat does not come into contact with feces. 

 

Original Article from: http://www.onlygrassfed.com/


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