4 reasons to choose grass fed over grain fed meat
Animals that are grass fed produce meat that is far more nutrient dense than meat that has been grain fed..
Here are 4 reasons why you should be earing more grass fed meat where possible.
GRASS FED MEAT CONTAINS MORE OMEGA 3
Grass fed meats contain up to 5 times more of essential omega 3 containing fatty acids and it is also a great source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has been shown to exert benefits on inflammation, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. It is interesting to note that both grass and grain fed meats contain similar omega 6 profiles.
2. GRASS FED MEAT CONTAINS HIGHER AMOUNTS OF STEARIC ACID
Grass fed meat also contains higher amounts of Stearic acid which is a saturated fatty acid.
BUT DOESENT SATURATED FAT CAUSE HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
I wouldn't be too concerned about the saturated fatty acid profile in grass fed meat. Stearic acid does not have any effect on your cholesterol profile it may also help to reduce your LDL cholesterol.
3. HIGHER IN FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS
Grass fed meat is also much higher in the fat soluble vitamins A and E as well as being a great dietary source of zinc, selenium, B vitamins, iron, sodium and potassium. Grass fed meat also contains more of our master antioxidant glutathione . Together these fat soluble nutrients and glutathione assist to protect our cells from damage due to oxidation.
4. COWS ARE NOT MADE TO EAT GRAINS...
It's simple cows have evolved to eat and breakdown grass. Their rumen (the first of their four stomach chambers) is filled with specific bacteria and specific enzymes to break down the cellulose structure of grass, which enables the extraction of protein and carbs.
Grain catabolism requires a completely different digestive process to unlock the nutrients contained inside the grain. The cow’s stomach lack the ability to crack the tough outer shell of grain and extract the nutrients.
These days you can source grass fed mince from most local supermarkets and butchers. IF you are lucky your local pub or restaurant may also be spruiking a grass fed steak on the menu.. Honestly it is a bit more expensive but if you want to eat for better health it is worth the extra splash of cash.