The Health Benefits
Author: Jo Johnson
an animal is fed, the nutritional value of its products remains the same. This is not true.
An animal's diet can have a profound influence on the nutrient content of its products.
For example, a sirloin steak from a grassfed steer has about one half to one third the
amount of fat as a similar cut from a grainfed steer.
or wild deer or elk.1 When meat is this lean, it actually lowers your LDL
Because grassfed meat is so lean, it is also lower in calories.
carbohydrates. The greater the fat content, the greater the number of calories.
than a 6-ounce steak from a grainfed steer.
will save you 17,733 calories a year—without requiring any willpower or change in
eating habits. If everything else in your diet remains constant, you'll lose about six
pounds a year. If all Americans switched to grassfed meat, our national epidemic
of obesity would begin to diminish.
it gives you from two to six times more of a type of "good" fat
called "omega-3 fatty acids."
For example, of all the fats, they are the most "heart friendly." People who
have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high
blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent l
ess likely to have a serious heart attack.3
in omega-3s are less likely to be afflicted with depression, schizophrenia,
attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer's disease.4
array of cancers and kept them from spreading.5 Although the human research
is in its infancy, researchers have shown that omega-3s can slow or even reverse
the extreme weight loss that accompanies advanced cancer.6 They can also
hasten recovery from cancer surgery.7
levels of omega-3s in their tissues may respond better to chemotherapy
than people with low levels.8 Omega-3s are most abundant in seafood and
certain nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and walnuts, but they are also found
in grassfed animal products.
is that omega-3s are formed in the green leaves (specifically the chloroplasts) of plants.
Sixty percent of the fat content of grass is a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha
-linolenic or LNA.
their valuable store of LNA as well as two other types of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA.
Each day that an animal spends in the feedlot, its supply of omega-3s is diminished.9
also become artificially low in omega-3s.10
than eggs from factory hens.
one of the reasons our modern diet is deficient in these essential fats. It has been
estimated that only 40 percent of Americans consume a sufficient supply of these
nutrients. Twenty percent have levels so low that they cannot be detected.11
Switching to grassfed animal products is one way to restore this vital nutrient to your diet.
known source of another type of good fat called "conjugated linoleic acid"
or CLA. When ruminants are raised on fresh pasture alone, their milk and meat
contain as much as five times more CLA than products from animals fed
of total calories ---greatly reduced tumor growth.13 Researcher Tilak Dhiman
from Utah State University estimates that you may be able to lower your risk
of cancer simply by eating the following grassfed products each day: one glass
of whole milk, one ounce of cheese, and one serving of meat. You would have to
eat five times that amount of grainfed meat and dairy products to get the same
level of protection.
percent lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest levels of CLA.
lowest risk category.14 Vitamin E In addition to being higher in omega-3s and CLA,
meat from grassfed animals is higher in vitamin E.
given high doses of synthetic vitamin E (1,000 IU per day), and 3) cattle raised on fresh
pasture with no added supplements. The meat from the pastured cattle is four times higher
in vitamin E than the meat from the feedlot cattle and, interestingly, almost twice as high as
the meat from the feedlot cattle given vitamin E supplements.15
antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties. Most Americans are deficient in vitamin E.
Why Grassfed is Best!" on the benefits of grassfed beef. She has done a great service
educating America about this healthy beef and her book is a "must have" in your library
of health books. Please visit her web site at www.eatwild.com to purchase the book and
learn more about this healthy beef.
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