Why We Love to Eat Grass Fed Beef…
Given the outcomes of the ongoing research around stearic acid, it only makes sense to ensure you are consuming healthy amounts of this fatty acid on a regular basis.
Grass fed beef, coconut oil and cocoa butter are healthy sources. Stearic acid is a particularly beneficial type of saturated fat given its many nutritional benefits and the fact it is a heart-healthy lipid.
A 2014 analysis conducted at the University of Illinois and funded by the Weston A. Price Foundation underscored the health benefits of grass fed beef compared to the grain-fed variety.
The researchers noted although grass fed beef is often promoted as healthy because of a lower saturated fatty acid content, the truth is saturated stearic acid was found to be 36% higher in grass fed beef (17.45%) Vs grain-fed (12.8%).
Levels of palmitic acid, which is considered “atherogenic” because some studies have shown it raises your cholesterol levels slightly, were found to be virtually the same in both grass and grain-fed beef samples.
As a result, the study authors wrote: “Thus, in equally fatty cuts of beef, there would be a higher content of saturated fatty acids in the grass fed beef. In many traditional diets where the fattiest cuts and the fat itself were sought out, intake of these saturates would likely be considerably higher.”
Grass fed beef comes from cows allowed to graze on pasture and consume their natural diet of grass. This situation is different from cows raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which are fed a processed diet containing genetically engineered grains, growth-promoting drugs and untold antibiotics.
Notably, about 80% of the antibiotics used in the US are administered to CAFO livestock, which contributes to the alarming rates of antibiotic resistance affecting people worldwide. About 2-M drug-resistant infections occur annually in the US, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 23,000 people.
On the other hand, Organic, grass fed beef production enables focused effort and attention being given to smaller herds and individual animals. Strict guidelines are in place to ensure grass fed animals are raised and slaughtered in a drug-free, humane manner.
Because grass fed cows are maintained in healthier conditions, the meat’s quality is superior to conventional, grain-fed beef.
Because the animals eat a natural diet free of grains, the meat is loaded with more nutrients. Better sanitary conditions ensure grass fed meat is free of harmful pathogens that are common to CAFO cows.
Beyond that, grass fed beef contains healthy levels of the following:
|Beta-carotene||Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a potential cancer fighter|
|Minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc||Omega-3 fatty acids and a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats|
|Vaccenic acid that can be transformed into CLA||Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and E|
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