Grass-Fed Beef & Organic Foods: Go Green Solutions

Made out to be a major contributor to a number of medical conditions for years, red meat is back with a vengeance. While red meat has been associated with heart disease due to its high cholesterol and saturated fat contents, numerous recent studies are indicating that red meat might not be so bad for your heart after all. Several studies actually show that moderate red meat consumption, especially grass-fed beef, could even benefit your health. We’re not saying you should start eating a pound of red meat per week, but a moderate consumption of red meat more than likely won’t do any harm and might even improve your health. Let’s have a look at the health benefits that have been linked to red meat and more specifically grass-fed beef and other grass-fed livestock. Grass-fed beef - Why not?

It’s All About Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to contribute to a number of positive health benefits, including lower blood pressure, healthier skin, decreased risk of depression, lower risk of cancer and more. Research has also indicated that if the omega-6/omega-3 fat ratio in the human body exceeds 4:1, people are more likely to develop health problems. Since grain-fed beef generally has a ratio exceeding 20:1, while for grass-fed beef this is only about 3:1, it would seem logical that consumption of grass-fed beef could help keep our omega-6/omega-3 fat ratio at healthier levels. Especially given the fact that omega-6 and omega-3 fats can’t be produced by the human body, thus have to obtained from our diet.

Grass-fed beef doesn’t just contain healthier ratios of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, it is also less leaner than grain-fed beef and contains more antioxidant vitamins.

Obviously this is not as easy as 1+1=2, and more research must be done, but grass-fed beef (and other grass-fed livestock, which have similar omega-6/omega-3 ratios) looks to be the healthier choice.

Where to Find Grass-Fed Beef?

With most of U.S. cattle and other livestock being fed grain or corn, it’s quite difficult to find grass-fed beef or other grass-fed meats at your local supermarket. Grass -fed beef StatsThere are a number of supermarkets that have started picking up on the paleo trend and are now offering grass-fed beef, though prices are generally much higher than those of grain-fed beef. You can also try your local farmer’s market if there is one, there might be a farmer who feeds its cattle grass. If you can’t find grass-fed beef at your supermarket or farmer’s market, you can try to look for imported beef from countries such as Brazil and Argentina, where most cattle is fed grass. If you still can’t find any you’ll have to do some more research on whether there are any farms in the area that feed their cattle grass and if you can buy straight from them or where they distribute their products. You can also find websites that provide a list of grass-fed beef and livestock providers around the country.

To lower costs, buy in bulk and freeze whatever you won’t consume in the next few days.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Estancia Churrascaria, an Austin steak house. Zane got hungry just writing this article.

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