Advantages of Grass Fed Meat

Published: 27th November 2009
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Grass fed meat is rich is antioxidants and also in vitamin E, beta carotene and vitamin C. As this meat is raised on the pasture it does not contain any pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics or any other drugs that are potentially harmful to human beings or animals. There are many advantages of eating organic meat. Here are a few stated below.

Advantages of Organic Meat:

Lower Fat:

There are many nutritional differences between commercial meat and pasture raised meat. To start with, pasture raised meat from cattle, lamb, sheep is much lower in fat. The meat is much leaner and has one third the amount of fat as that from a grain fed animal. It is also studied that grass fed beef has almost the same percentage of fat as that of a skinless chicken breast, wild elk or deer meat. Grass fed beef is actually said to reduce your "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. As this meat is lower in fat it is also low in calories. Because the fat content is so low producers are looking to increase the amount of marbling in the meat so that consumers can easily be familiar with the products, also the fatter parts of the grass fed meat is leaner than that of the grain fed meat.

Higher Omega 3:

Grass fed meat has two to four times the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids than the meat from grain fed animals. Omega 3 are called "good" fatty acids as they play an important role in every cell of the body. Omega 3 fatty acids are the most heart friendly and so people who have ample amounts of these fats in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or irregular heart beat. It is also studied that they are almost 50% less likely to get a heart attack. Omega 3 is essential for your brain and an Omega 3 rich diet helps decreasing the chance of depression, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Omega 3 fats are also said to reduce your risk of cancer.

Ten important ways in which grass fed beef is different from grain fed beef:

• It is lower in fat

• It is higher in Vitamin B, thiamin and riboflavin

• It is higher in beta carotene

• It is higher in Vitamin E-alpha tocopherol

• It is higher in Omega 3 fatty acids

• It is higher in calcium, minerals, potassium and magnesium

• It is higher in CLA [cis 9 and trans 11] which is a potential cancer fighter.

• It is lower in saturated fat which are linked to heart diseases

• It is higher in vaccenic acid which can be transformed into CLA

These are just a few reasons why grass fed meat is a smarter option than grain fed meat, so if you haven't switched as yet it would be a good time to do so now. OBE Organic has some really good quality Australian beef. Please do visit their website at for more information.

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