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The Benefits of choosing grass fed over grain fed beef.
The nutritional value that comes from grass fed beef.
Important facts you need to know if you are eating beef on a daily basis.
GRASS FED BEEF - A BRIEF EXPLANATION
Cattle have evolved over time to eat grass. They get all the nutrition they need from grass alone. However, in modern beef production, cattle are fed a diet of mostly corn and other grains, which can cause all sorts of health problems, but it fattens them much more quickly and increases production.
Many issues surround grain-fed beef, both philosophical and nutritional.
HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING GRASS FED BEEF
- It's an excellent source of a variety of important micronutrients, like iron, vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, and various B-vitamins as well as fatty acids, known as EPA and DHA. You can get these healthy, anti-inflammatory fats from grass-fed beef. Grass-fed variety contains about 5 times more omega-3 fatty acids than that of its conventional, grain-fed counterpart. What may be more important, though, is the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Omega-6's produce an inflammatory effect in the body, while omega-3's produce an anti-inflammatory response. Keeping a beneficial ratio of Omega fatty acids is critical in avoiding chronic inflammation which exacerbates just about every chronic health problem there is.
- Another important fatty acid in grass-fed beef is known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). A somewhat recent discovery, CLA in the diet has been shown in experimental animal models to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes; yes, the very same diseases that public health authorities tell us are caused by red meat. In very high doses only attainable through supplementation, CLA has also been shown to have powerful fat-loss properties.
- Due to a diet of fresh grasses, grass-fed cattle produce meat with about 7 times more beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, which is commonly only found in high amounts in plant foods, is a precursor to vitamin A, which is a critical fat-soluble vitamin responsible for normal vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation. Vitamin A is also involved in the regulation of immune function by supporting the production and function of white blood cells.
- Grass fed beef is also higher in vitamin E. Vitamin E is a very important fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant in the body, preventing cells from damage from free radicals. Its presence helps to prevent chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease.
So yes, conventional beef is fine to eat. Aside from the problems created by conventional meat production, it is nutritionally an important part of a healthy diet. But if you're looking to get all you can out of your beef, grass-fed meat is nutritionally superior in a number of ways. It contains more omega-3 fatty acids, cancer-fighting CLA, and antioxidants, all of which will help you prevent chronic disease and promote health. Plus, it tastes a whole lot better!