7 Reasons to choose Grass-Fed Beef
- Carotenoids and trace nutrients.
- Omega 3’s
- More Humane
- Less E. coli bacteria
- Vitamin A and E
- Cancer fighting antioxidants such as glutathione (GT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD)
1. Conjugated linoleic acid, CLA for short, can have a powerful effect on our health. In separate studies, scientists have shown that CLA can lower an individual’s risk for cancer and arteriosclerosis (clogged arteries). It also is known to reduce body fat and delay the onset of diabetes. Due to the green plants that are rich in the linoleic acid necessary to produce to CLA, grass-fed animals generally produce two to four times as much CLA as their grain-fed counterparts.
2. Carotenoids are a group of more than 700 fat soluble nutrients that produce the colors in foods. They are responsible for the coloring in carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and other deep green, yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables. Grass-fed meat has higher levels of carotenoids, making the fat appear more yellow. Typically, the more carotenoids there are in a substance, the more nutrients it will contain. Therefore, yellow fat (like grass-fed butter) is a sign of high nutrient density.
3. It’s sad to say, but fats often get a bad reputation. The truth is however, there are good fats and bad fats. Omega-3s are really good fats. These essential fatty acids, which are imperative for human growth and development, occur in abundance in grass-fed beef. These meats are a rich source of these healthy fats due to the animals spending their lives eating the green forage plants that are naturally rich in omega-3s themselves. Simply eating their natural diet, these cattle absorb these valuable fats and then pass the nutrition on to you, the consumer. This results in beef with nearly 60% more omega-3s than beef from cows that have been raised on a grain diet.
4. From a humanitarian perspective, there is yet another advantage to grass-fed beef. It should be common knowledge that the cruelties of modern factory farming are severe. Livestock cooped up in cages barely larger than their own bodies, packed together like sardines for months on end. These animals stand knee-deep in their own manure.
5. E. Coli is a very serious health threat. In fact, you are 1,000 times more likely to die of E. Coli than mad cow disease. Since Grass-fed animals have far fewer E. Coli than grain fed animals (20,000 cells/g. vs. 6,300,000 cells/g.), you are far less likely to become infected with the bacteria if you eat grass-fed beef. Also, the few bacteria they do have are not likely to survive the natural acidity of the human digestive tract. This is due to the fact that they haven’t become acid-resistant, like the E. coli found in grain-fed beef. When you feed grain to cattle, even a small amount, it makes their digestive tracts abnormally acidic. This allows the E. coli in their system to become acclimated to this environment and therefore unaffected by our body’s natural defense system.
The problem with E. coli contamination occurs in the slaughterhouse when manure from an animal comes in contact with meat. In general, the less manure on an animal when it enters the slaughter house, the less likely the meat will become contaminated. Considering cattle who live in a feedlot stand in dirt and manure all day every day, it is difficult to remove all the fecal contamination from them. Grass-Fed animals were much easier to clean because they typically come from small herds raised in clean pastures.
6. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient. It is key to healthy vision and bone growth as well as an essential antioxidant. Since grass-fed cattle consume significantly larger amounts of beta-carotene than grain-fed cattle, their meat is a rich source of vitamin A.
Studies have shown that meats from the pastured cattle are four times higher in vitamin E than the meat from the feedlot cattle. The reason for the very high vitamin E content in the meat of grass-fed cattle is again due to the grass contain very high amounts of vitamin E. In humans, vitamin E has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and even cancer.
7. Glutathione, being called the superman of antioxidants, is the most powerful antioxidant in the body. It works around the clock to fend off offending substances. Glutathione is a triple threat to toxins. It neutralizes free radicals, enhances the immune system and detoxifies the liver.
Studies have shown that superoxide dismutase (SOD) acts as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in the body. It neutralizes the free radicals that can lead to wrinkles and precancerous cell changes.
These are just a few of the benefits that come with choosing grass-fed beef. Of course there are the obvious things that are left out of Grass-fed beef that also are benefits. Such as being hormone and antibiotic free.