I just read an excellent article in Natural News, which asserts that grass-fed red meat is more nutrient dense than poultry, depending on the cow’s diet! Cows are meant to eat grass and greens, not grains. The more grass and green foods they eat, the higher the anti-inflammatory omega 3 content in their meat and dairy. This is not only healthier for the cow, but produces food that is healthier for us. Conventionally raised cattle are fed grains like corn and soy and their flesh and by-products are higher in inflammatory omega 6 fats. Most people eat too many processed, packaged foods, so they already get too much omega 6 fats.
Besides the high omega 3 levels these animals provide, they are also high in CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer compound as well as a powerful metabolism booster. And that’s not all! There are also higher levels of carnitine, carnosine, branched chain amino acids and zinc.
So why is beef higher in these nutrients than poultry? It’s simply a matter of diet! Chickens and turkeys cannot live on grass alone because their digestive systems are not created for that diet. Their feed is usually supplemented with anywhere from 25-50% of grain from corn or soy.
So then, the cleaner and more natural a diet the cattle are fed and the more humanely they are treated, the healthier the end product is for us. There are some animals that are not just grass fed, but they are actually GreenFed and Green Finished, which goes a step beyond. I am privileged to say that there are such products and they can be delivered directly from the farm to your door.
The benefits are numerous. Compared with grain-fed beef, green-fed/green finished beef is:
- Lower in total fat
- Higher in beta-carotene and vitamin E
- Higher in carnitine and branched chain amino acids
- Higher in the B vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium
- Higher levels of total omega-3s
- A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
- Higher in conjugated linolenic acid (CLA), a potential cancer fighter
- Higher carnosine, a potent antioxidant
- Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
The great thing is that you can get these benefits from the beef as well as the raw cheese and cultured dairy products, which are not available anywhere else.
Beef is not the dietary villain it’s been made out to be, IF you choose beef from cows that have been allowed to feed on their natural diet and have been raised properly. In fact it can be a foundational food in a healthy diet.
So, the bottom line is this: healthy cows produce healthy beef, milk and cheese. It’s up to you to make the best possible choice.