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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Where's the Organic Beef? How meat gets to your plate
Grass-fed and -finished cattle offer a cleaner, leaner meat. Both types of meat contain saturated fat, but grass-fed cattle produce meat with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids in a healthier ratio than cattle fed grain.
A 2009 study compared the nutrients of grass-fed and -finished beef with standard grain-finished beef. Researchers found that grass-fed and -finished beef is lower in fat, and higher in beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin
Grass-fed beef is higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a substance that research is showing may be a cancer fighter. Grass-fed beef is also lower in the saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease.
Seek out 100 percent grass-fed and -finished beef for the healthiest option. It takes longer to bring a grass-fed animal to full weight, hence the higher price. But it’s a price worth paying, both for your own health and the health of the planet.