Happy, Healthy Cows (and the benefits of grass fed meat!)
Driving home on I-5 after enjoying Spring Break in Southern California sparked a great discussion in our car about happy, healthy grass-fed cows and those living on the “ranch” about halfway through our 6 hour drive. The hills were so green thanks to the immense amount of rain we’ve been having this year. The cows have room to roam and endless amounts of healthy grass, the food their bodies are intended to eat and digest, on which to graze. The other, let’s call them sad cows, were packed in on dirt (and other substances that are brown), eating side by side out of troughs. My guess is they were eating corn and soy based fed, and not the non-GMO organic type.
My 12 year old daughter decided to become a vegetarian after seeing how sad and unhealthy these cows appeared. I certainly support her not consuming meat from these cows, as their meat can be inflammatory, has more unhealthy Omega-6 fats and the fat is where the toxins from possible antibiotics, glyphosate and other chemicals from their food is stored. I tried to share with her, however, that the happy grass-fed cows are eating a diet they are intended to eat, grass, that is full of vitamins from the sun and minerals from the soil and as a result it contains more healthy Omega-3 fats as opposed to more Omega-6s (and all those vitamins and minerals!).
- lower amounts of total fat
- a healthier ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids
- more minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc
- increased levels of beta-carotene
- increased amounts of vitamins B1, B2 and E
- increased amounts of conjugated linoleic acid…a potential cancer fighter
When you think about it, it kind of sounds like they are what they eat?!? Hmmm…what an incredible concept! (sorry for the sarcasm…just had to do it)
I am saddened and frustrated when my clients have been told to eliminate beef from their diets for health reasons. Grass-fed beef can be part of a HIGHLY nutritious, balanced diet and beneficial for your overall health. If you are discouraged by the price just eat less of it and fill your plates with more nutrient dense veggies. You can also subscribe to an online delivery if you can’t find it locally, like @butcher_box or @primalpastures. We’re having grass-fed beef taco salad for dinner tomorrow (except, of course for my new vegetarian)…what’s your favorite way to enjoy grass-fed beef???