The case for traditional grass finished beef against modern grain finished beef
The human body requires all sorts of fats to function properly, these include “Saturated and Unsaturated” fats. Two “Essential” poly-unsaturated fats that we require are Omega 6 and Omega 3. They’re called “Essential” because our bodies can’t make them, they have to come from our diet. The balance of Omega 6 and 3 is crucial for maintaining healthy cell structure and function. Scientific experiments have determined that a ratio of Omega 6 to 3 of greater than 4:1 can lead to increased health problems associated with the basic core functions of the human cell (arthritis and coronary artery disease among them). Grain fed and fattened beef animals have an average ratio of Omega 6 to 3 of 20:1, traditional grass fed and fattened beef has an ideal ratio of Omega 6 to 3 of 3:1. Coupled with this fact grass fed beef is also loaded with other “Essential” minerals and vitamins, and is a great source of CLA ( conjugated linoleic acid) a fat that also reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and a number of immune disorders.
The conclusion; Beef in its natural grass fed form could be regarded as a healthy food
Don’t be fooled by someone telling you that commercially farmed beef is entirely grass fed, it might well have spent most of its life eating grass but the majority of the time it is finished inside on a grain rich feed often with antibiotic and hormone additives. It only takes a few weeks of this type of feeding to upset the balance of the Omega fats