People often ask me if red meat is good for them. My answer is yes and no. Yes it can be good for you if you eat meat from HAPPY cows! Happy cows get out on the pasture and eat grass (that is what a cow should be eating by the way). Pastured animals are full of great health benefits (see below), live less stressed lives, are better for the environment and support sustainable farming. Grass-fed beef can be part of a healthy diet, whereas grain-fed (commercial) meats should be avoided or minimized. I do not recommend people eat meat if they are only eating out at restaurants and/or getting poor quality meats at the grocery store that are full of antibiotics, hormones and an improper balance of fats. To find resources in your area for good quality, healthy, grass-fed meat visit www.eatwild.com. Or order online at www.uswellnessmeats.com.
Grass-fed beef is full of wonderful health benefits such as:
- 4 times more CLA than grain-fed beef (CLA benefits include: anti-carcinogenic, increased lean body mass, prevents arteriosclerosis, slows or halts diabetes)
- Ideal Omega 6:3 Ratio of 3:1 – equal to fish without mercury!
- High in branch chain amino acids
- Risk of E. coli bacteria is minimal
- 3-6 times more Vitamin A & E than grain-fed beef – reduces risk of cancer and heart disease
- 1/3 few calories than grain-fed beef
- more of vitamins A and E
- NO Animal by-products
- NO Hormones
- NO Irradiation
- NO Antibiotics fed
Grain-Fed beef not so wonderful qualities:
- Insignificant amount of CLA
- Omega 6:3 ratio of 20:1 is very adverse to health
- More total fat and higher % of saturated fat
- Less than 1/4 the vitamins A & E than grass-fed beef
- 1/3 MORE calories than grass-fed beef
- Acidic digestive system from grain diet leads to greater risk of E. Coli Bacteria presence
- Antibiotics added daily to feed ration
- Growth stimulating hormone routinely used
- Irradiated meat sold in most meat cases
Courtesy of A Place to Be.