Before I explain why grass fed beef is way better for you let me just talk about a couple of types of fats… We have omega 3’s, which I know you have all heard of, and we also have omega 6’s; basically they’re both polyunsaturated and considered to be essential fatty acids, EFA’s, because we have to get them from food, our body’s cannot produce them from other fats.
Omega 3’s are considered to be anti-inflammatory, while omega 6’s are inflammatory, meaning that when consumed in too high a number omega 6’s can cause all kinds of terrible diseases like: Coronary artery disease, hypertension, cancer, arthritis and so on. That’s why keeping the ratio between the two fatty acids low and close together is very important. The only thing is today that so many foods have obscene rations, for example grain or corn fed cows can have a ratio of as high as 20:1 omega 6’s to omega 3’s. Just to put in in perspective scientific studies show that a ratio as small as 4:1 omega 6 to omega 3 is enough to cause health problems. Organic grass fed beef can be anywhere as low as 3:1 to 2:1 omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, not bad at all…
So how do you know if the beef you’re getting is grass fed or grain fed? Generally most of the time ordinary grocery stores aren’t going to carry grass fed beef, and keep in mind just because it says “organic” does not mean it’s grass fed! Places like Wholefoods, Fairway, and even Costco has grass fed beef; don’t get me wrong not all of their beef is grass fed you do have to look for it, or ask someone to help you. When I was at Costco the other day looking at ground beef I came across their Kirkland Organic ground beef, but it didn’t say grass fed, I had to look on the website and discovered that it was.
So some of you still might be scratching your heads as to why grass fed is so much better than grain fed. Think of it this way… Cows weren’t meant to eat grains or corn, they were meant to eat grass! They’re fed corn and grains because it’s cheaper to do so, but also so much more unhealthy for them, and remember you are what you eat! Also just to point out I mentioned earlier that omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory, meaning they help treat against all of the above disease I mentioned; so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to supplement with some additional fish oil and omega 3’s daily as we tend to not get enough in our diet. If you have to have your beloved red meat, especially with summer time around the corner and all bbqing going on try going grass fed instead.