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The Top Ten Health Reasons to Eat Grassfed Beef

According to a 2009 study conducted by the USDA and Clemson University, grassfed beef is better for human health than grain fed beef in ten ways.
1. Lower in Total Fat
2. Higher in Beta Carotine
3. Higher in vitamin E
4. Higher in B vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
5. Higher in minerals, calcium, magnesium and potassium
6. Higher total omega-3s
7. Better ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
8. Higher in conjugated linoleic acid
9. Higher in vaccenic acid
10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

What does that mean for consumers?

1. Lower in total fat

Cows were designed to eat grass, which means that they process it and maintain a
 healthy digestive system. Feedlot cattle are finished with a grain diet, mainly corn and soy, which makes for a quick weight gain and a higher percentage of fat in the tissue.

Garinfed cattle also receive hormones in the diet, again to make them grow fast and gain weight quickly. This also results in a higher fat content in the muscle. Pasture-raised cattle are not given artificial horomones and so are naturally more lean than their feedlot counterparts. According to the Duckett study, the overall total fat content of pasture-raised cattle is usually about 25% lower than grainfed cattle.

Since grassfed meat is lean, it is aslo lower in calories than grainfed.

2. Higher in beta-carotene

According to a California State University study, meat from pasture-fed steers contains a seven-fold higher concentration of beta-carotene than grain-fed animals. This is probably a result of the higher beta-carotene content of fresh grasses as compared to cereal grains. 
Beta-carotenes are precursors of retinol (Vitamin A), a critical fat-soluable vitamin that is important for normal vision, bone growth, reproduction, and cell division. The overall integrity of skin and mucous membranes is maintain by vitamin A, creating a barrier to bacterial and viral infection. In addition, vitamin A is involved in the regulation by supporting the production and function of the white blood cells.

3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

The meat from the grassfed cattle is four times higher in vitamin E than meat from feedlot cattle and almost twice as high as meat from feedlot cattle that have been given vitamin E supplements.

In humans, vitamin E is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties. Most Americans are deficient in vitamin E.

4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin

Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1, helps to maintain the body's energy supplies, coordinates the activity of nerves and muscles and supports proper heart function.
Riboflavin, Vitamin B2, helps protect cells from oxygen damage, supports cellular energy production and helps to maintain the body's supply of other B vitamins.

5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Calcium helps maintain healty, stong bones, supports the proper functiioning of nerves and muscles and helps blood to clot. Magnesium helps to relax nerves and muscles, builds and strengthens bones and keeps the blood circulating smoothly. Potassium helps to maintain the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in the body and helps lower the risk for high blood pressure.

6. Higher in total Omega 3s

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that play an important part in the growth and metabolism.  They can't be synthesized by the human body, so they have to come from our diet. Omega 3s reduce inflammation, lower the amount of serum cholesterol and triglycerides, prevent excess clotting and reduce the risk of cancer.

7. Better ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3

While both Omega 3 and Omega6 fatty acids are important individually, they also work in the tandem and the ratio is critical. According to a 2008 study, a typical Western diet can be excessively heavy on the Omega 6s - up tp a 30:1 ratio - when the ideal is closer to 1:1. while the body requires some Omega 6, an excess can foster cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders, which are suppressed by Omega 3s. The proper ratio can reduce the risk of those and other chronic illnesses.

8. Higher in conjugated linoleic acid

CLA is another potent weapon in the aresenal against chronnic disease. CLA can reduce cancer, hgih blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and insulin resistance.

9. Higher in vaccenic acid

Vaccenic acid is the transfat that occurs naturally in ruminant animals, but unlike its synthetically-produced cousins, is important for good health. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition
showed that vaccenic acid protects against atherosclerosis, a contributing factor in cardiovascular disease.

10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

Saturated fats (cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins - LDL or "bad" cholesterol) all play a significant role in heart disease and stroke.

The choice is clear - Grassfed Beef is the Healthy way to Eat!
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