Did you know there is a growing movement towards eating more like traditional cultures? One way is eating grass-fed beef. As consumers start asking more questions about how their food is raised, we are learning that modern practices are unhealthy, to the animal and to us. Here are 3 benefits of choosing grass-fed beef instead of grain-fed.
Omega-3. Grass-fed beef is 2-4 times higher in omega-3 than grain-fed beef. Pasture-fed cattle are rich in omega-3, but when they are shipped to the feedlots, they are fed un-natural foods. These are high amounts of grains, soy, stale pizza, breads, candy, and chewing gum. These foods deplete the stores of omega-3 in the meat. Omega-3 fats protect us from cancer, but if it is not amply supplied in our diets, we are setting ourselves up with a poor immune system. This essential fat is very heart-friendly by regulating heartbeat and lowering blood pressure. It is great for the brain by lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease, depression and attention deficit disorder.
CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Grass-fed meats also have large amounts of CLA. This is one of the best fats for protecting us as it slows tumor growth of the skin, colon, prostate and breast cancers. This is the natural CLA, not the synthetic kind promoted as a muscle builder and diet aid. It fights obesity and diabetes too. CLA has been a natural part of the human diet as long as we have hunted. In fact, moose, elk and deer have the same amounts of CLA as grass-fed cattle.
Vitamin E. Feedlot cattle are supplemented with synthetic vitamin E, but grass-fed cattle have 2-4 times as much natural vitamin E from their grass-based diet. Synthetic vitamin E is given to cattle because it helps extend the shelf and transportation life of the meat. Most of us are deficient in vitamin E. It is important in our diet to prevent diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cancer and heart disease. It also nourishes the lungs and liver and boosts the immune system.
Clearly the natural diet of the animal is also better for us. In using a grass-based system to raise animals, everyone wins. The cattle are healthy on what is natural for them and the nutrients are passed on to us.
©2009 Shanna Ohmes