There is a long-standing argument about the health benefits of grass fed beef. Is it better for you than grain fed? Does it really make a difference? What benefits are you actually getting? These are reasonable questions many people ask when considering making the switch from grain fed to grass fed beef.
By adding grass fed steak or grass fed ground beef into your diet, you can take advantage of a decrease in the ratio of Omega 6 fatty acids, compared to Omega 3’s. Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are type of polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are both required for the body to function, but they have opposite effects on cardiovascular health. Too much omega 6 and too little omega 3 are among the causes of many modern day diseases.
Below is a snippet of an article describing the scientific facts regarding these fatty acids. Keep in mind the lower ratio-gap of Omegas, the healthier it is for you.
Omega-3 : Omega-6 Balance Posted by: GB Health Watch
Due to the opposing effects of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, a healthy diet should contain a balanced omega-6:omega-3 ratio. Human beings evolved eating a diet with a omega-6:omega-3 ratio of about 1:1. Modern Western diets exhibit omega-6:omega-3 ratios ranging between 15:1 to 17:1. Epidemiology and dietary intervention studies have concluded that while an exceptionally high omega-6:omega-3 ratio promotes the development of many chronic diseases, a reduced omega-6:omega-3 ratio can prevent or reverse these diseases.
For example, a ratio of 4:1 was associated with a 70% reduction in mortality in secondary coronary heart disease prevention and a ratio of 2.5:1 reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer. A lower omega-6:omega-3 ratio in women was associated with decreased risk for breast cancer. A ratio of 2:1–3:1 suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and a ratio of 5:1 had a beneficial effect on patients with asthma, whereas a ratio of 10:1 had adverse consequences.
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Pasture raised, grass fed cattle eat a diet high in fescue grasses and clover. The clover is converted into omega fatty acids in the cattle and we then eat the meat, absorbing those nutrients. When cattle are fed a diet other than a natural diet, their digestive system and natural omega-producing bacteria are thrown off track. This derailment causes a hefty gap in the ratio of omegas, creating a domino effect in the person eating this unbalanced meat. According to Dr. Charles Benbrook, PhD. Scientist, a number of studies show the omega 6 to omega 3 ratios at 5:1 to 7:1 in animals with a feedlot diet (grain and corn) as opposed to ratios of 1:1 to 3:1 in animals with a grass fed diet.
When you shop for beef the labels can be confusing. Beware of buzz words, and know your brands. If you’re willing to spend the extra dollar on beef that is better for you, let’s talk about how to know the difference: All-Natural on a label only means there are no artificial ingredients or added color. Grass fed can mean the cattle was on a grass diet for the first year of life, before eating a corn or grain diet. Only 100% grass fed and grass finished cattle are on a grass diet their entire life (except for their mother’s milk, of course). Those are the cattle providing the healthiest ratio of omega fatty acids.
You can look into the current brand you buy along with its competitors, or you can skip the research to save yourself some time by purchasing all natural, grass fed and finished beef here from Western Grassfed Beef. Rest assured these cattle are never given hormones or antibiotics, are free range, and are not fed anything other than the grass they forage for at the ranches they spend their lives on.
By choosing to eat grass fed and grass finished beef, you are taking advantage of the decreased ratio of omega6:omega3. Including grass fed beef into your family’s weekly meals can have long term, positive effects. As science has proven, grass fed beef is healthier in both the short term and the long run. The difference is real. The price is fair. The change is simple. There is no better time than now.