Monday, December 3, 2007

Grass Fed Beef


In a recent interview with the president of "Texas Organic Farmers" he explained the difference between grain fed and grass fed beef. This information is readily available although I had never heard it before.
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Grass Fed Beef
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This beef has the same Omega 3 Omega 6 fatty acid balance as Salmon. The saturated fats are the same as a skinless chicken breast!! That is incredible!! Grass-fed beef has an omega 6:3 ratio of 0.16 to 1. This is the ratio science suggests is ideal for our diet.
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Grain Fed Beef
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When cattle eat grain this causes a change in the digestive system of the first stomach (the Rumen). That is where a lot of the E. coli and the entry of harmful bacteria begin in this first stomach. Apparently this simply does not occur with grass fed beef. It also causes a change in the Omega 6:3 ratio. Omega 6's contribute to heart disease. Any ratio exceeding 4:1 will cause an essential fat imbalance. Grain-fed beef can have an omega 6:3 ratio higher than 20:1. This well exceeds the 4:1 ratio that is recommended to avoid an essential fat imbalance.
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1 comment:

Rachel said...

Fascinating stats. Have you read, Fast Food Nation? It goes into some startling things about beef that blew my mind as well.

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