7 Reasons to Eat Grass-Fed Meat
We are often asked about the health benefits of grass-fed meat. One of the resources we find useful is the Eat Wild website. This is a great source for research-based information on the benefits of not only grass fed meat but of eggs and dairy products. Our 7 Research-based Reasons list is adapted from a USDA and Clemson University, SC (2009) joint study (S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, June 2009). A similar, longer version of this list can be found on the Eat Wild Health Benefits topic.
- Higher in beta-carotene: Pasture-fed ruminants may have 7 times the concentration of beta-carotene (precursor of Vitamin A) than grain-fed. Vitamin A is important for many body functions including vision, bone growth, cell division and the immune function.
- Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): Pasture-fed ruminants may have 4 times the vitamin E than grain-fed. Vitamin E has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin: These Vitamins are important to maintain and support energy, nerves and muscles.
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium: These minerals are important to maintain bones, nerves and muscles and helps blood to clot. Potassium helps lower the risk for high blood pressure.
- Higher in total Omega 3’s: Omega 3’s reduce inflammation, lowers the amount of serum cholesterol and triglycerides, prevents excess clotting and is thought to reduce the risk of cancer.
- Higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vaccenic acid: CLA is thought to reduce cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and insulin resistance diabetes. Vaccenic acid protects against atherosclerosis, a contributing factor in cardiovascular disease.
- Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease. Saturated fats (e.g., cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins) have been shown to play a significant role in heart disease and stroke.
For more interesting research and general information on health benefits explore the Eat Wild website.