Why Grass-Fed Beef is Better

March 2, 2015

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

-Decrease inflammation

-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

 

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:

-Vitamin A

-Vitamin E

-Potassium

-Iron

-Zinc

-Phosphorus

-Sodium (2)

 

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!

 

 

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