FACTS ABOUT GRASSFED

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Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Meat

Compared with commercial products, Grass-Fed Meat offer you more “good” fats, and fewer “bad” fats. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs.

Because meat from grass-fed animals is generally lower in fat than meat from grain-fed animals, it is also lower in calories. (Fat has 9 calories per gram, compared with only 4 calories for protein and carbohydrates. The greater the fat content, the greater the number of calories.)

 

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Extra Omega-3s. Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. For example, of all the fats, they are the most heart-friendly. People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. Omega-3s are essential for your brain as well. People with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer’s disease.

Another benefit of omega-3s is that they may reduce your risk of cancer. In animal studies, these essential fats have slowed the growth of a wide array of cancers and also kept them from spreading.  Although the human research is in its infancy, researchers have shown that omega-3s can slow or even reverse the extreme weight loss that accompanies advanced cancer and also hasten recovery from surgery.

Omega-3s are most abundant in seafood and certain nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and walnuts, but they are also found in animals raised on grass, pasture, or natural veld. The reason is simple. Omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae. Sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass are omega-3s. When cattle are taken off omega-3 rich grass and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on omega-3 poor grain, they begin losing their store of this beneficial fat. Each day that an animal spends in the feedlot, its supply of omega-3s is diminished.

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The CLA Bonus. Meat from grass-fed ruminants are the richest known source of another type of good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. When ruminants are raised on fresh grass, pasture, or natural veld alone, their meat contain from three to five times more CLA than meat from animals forced fed on grains.

CLA and ALA  CLA may be one of our most potent defences against cancer. In studies done in a laboratory on animals, a very small percentage of CLA—a mere 0.1 % of total calories—greatly reduced tumor growth. There is new evidence that CLA may also reduce cancer risk in humans. Studies shown that women who had the highest levels of CLA in their diet, had a 60 % lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lower levels. The most abundant omega-3 in pastured products is called “alpha-linolenic acid” or ALA.               A study of breast cancer survivors revealed that the women with the most ALA in their tissues—and therefore the most ALA in their diets—were one fourth as prone to cancer as those without.

Vitamin E. In addition to being higher in omega-3s and CLA, meat from grassfed animals is also higher in vitamin E.  The meat produced from the fresh grass, pasture, or natural veld is four times higher in vitamin E than the meat from the feedlot cattle and, interestingly, almost twice as high as the meat from the feedlot cattle given high doses of synthetic vitamin E (1,000 IU per day) In humans, vitamin E is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties.

Summary

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3s
    1. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  7. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
    1. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  8. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

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