I have read many articles and listened to many podcasts that swear by grass-fed beef. Every expert on nutrition including and not limited to Chris Kresser, Ben Greenfield, and John Berardi claim this is they healthiest way to go; but why? The simple answer is that Grass fed Beef has more omega-3 fatty acids, more CLA, and more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals; but why is this beneficial? Let’s break why each of these are important parts of our diet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Some of the health benefits from having a higher content of Omega-3 in your diet is it can:
-Lower your triglyceride level
-Lowers blood pressure
-Keep a healthy ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3
The ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 intake should be close to 1:1. American diets tend to average a ratio of 15:1-16.7:1. This increased ratio has several risks like inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Grass-fed Beef contains 2-5 times more omega-3’s than grain fed, and have an average ratio of 1.53:1, while grain fed beef has an average ratio of 7.65:1. (1)
CLA is also known as Conjugated Linoleic acid. CLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that plays an important role in health.
-Can reduce body fat
-reduce risk of heart disease
-reduce risk of cancer
Beef in general is a great dietary source of CLA. Grass-fed beef contains on average 2-3 times more CLA than grain fed. (1)
Anti-Oxidants, Vitamins, and Minerals
Grass-fed beef also shows to contain more:
With all of these health benefits it is obvious that if you have access to grass-fed beef it is definitely the best option. I know it costs a little more; but trust me your health is worth it!