Sarah Joseph M.S., CSCS

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Where's the BEEF? All about meat.

Posted by Sarah on January 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Eat organic! We’ve all heard it. We all can’t afford it. We all need to learn how to prioritize what organic items we do purchase and why we’re trying so hard to eat organic. Here are some tidbits you might not already know about grass-fed meats as opposed to conventionally raised.

First and foremost, they are lower in total fat and as a result, they are lower in total calories. Why is this? Well fat has more calories per gram than protein does (9kcals/g vs. 4kcals/g). In fact, eating grass-fed can save you around 17,733 calories a year without changing any other health habits. One pound of fat contains 3,500 kcals so you could be saving yourself over 5 lbs of fat each year simply by switching to grass-fed!

Not only does grass-fed meat have a lower fat content, it also has 2 to 4 times more omega 3s than conventionally raised meat. Omega 3 is super important for brain health. Those who have adequate omega 3s in their diet are less likely to suffer from depression and Alzheimer’s. Have a risk of heart disease in your family? Grass-fed is for you. The omega 3s also contribute to a 50% reduction in heart attack risk and may even reduce risk of cancer. Only 40% of Americans get sufficient omega 3s.

Grass fed meat is also the richest known source of CLA (Conjugated Linolenic Acid). This is 3 to 5 times more than corn fed. CLA is important for preventing cancer. Those who had high CLA levels experienced a 60% breast cancer risk reduction over those with the lowest levels.

Vitamin E is crucial for reducing heart disease risk and cancer risk. Grass-fed meat has 3 times the level of vitamin E than grain fed.

Most Americans tend to eat more meat than is necessary. Therefore, investing in some organic grass-fed meat that is going to provide you with greater nutrition may be worth the investment. You might not literally be getting more for your money but the amount that you will get back in nutrition and health will be invaluable. Just eat a little less meat with each serving and the price should work itself out. More grass-fed for 2014!

 

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5:25 PM on January 10, 2014 
I agree! I also believe I read somewhere that grass-fed cows have less e-coli in their system compared to corn-fed.