Benefits of Grassfed Beef

More and more research indicates that beef raised on grass pasture has incredible health benefits, some of which are listed below.

1. Omega 3's: Beef raised on grass has significantly more omega-3 fatty acids than feedlot beef.  Why are Omega-3 fatty acids important?  These acids are important becasue they are essential to human nutrition, but our bodies cannot make them on our own (1).  They are also commonly known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are vital to brain function as well as normal growth and development (1).

2. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), is found in higher amounts in grass fed beef (2)! CLA has natural anti-carcinogenic properties that make a powerful impact on your diet.  Dr. Dale Bauman, of Cornell University talks about why we need to include CLA in our diets in his video interview with Trent Loos. 

3. Increased levels of Vitamin E are found in grass fed beef animals.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin that helps neutralize free radicals in your body.  These free radicals can damage your cells and cause health problems such as heart disease or cancer (3).

Our cattle are raised outside all year. We move them to new grass a minimum of once a day but usually twice. We enjoy being out in the elements with them everyday, from the golden beams of early morning sunrise to the last rays as the sun disappears behind the mountains to the west. They spend their lives grazing big areas just as they were created to do. 

 

Sources:

1. "Omega-3 fatty acids." University of Maryland Medical Center. Web. 23 Feb. 2010. <http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm>.

 

2. Leheska, J. M., E. Hentges, L. D. Thompson, B. Shriver, J. C. Brooks, J. Boyce, and J. C. Howe. "Effects of conventional and grass-feeding systems on the nutrient composition of beef." Journal of Animal Science 86.12 (2008): 3575-585.

 

3. "The Role of Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol)." Vitamins Information Center. Web. 24 Feb. 2010. <http://www.vitamins-nutrition.org/vitamins/vitamin-e.html>.