GRASS FED MEAT? WHY?

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Have you ever driven by a feed yard? It is either dusty enough for a gas mask or the cows are standing nearly knee deep in muck eating stale bread, donuts,  candy, potato waste  and some pellets made with grains, soybeans and a little hay.  Is this your future steak or hamburger?

Or maybe you were driving by some grass covered hills with a few cows grazing on grass just like their mother, their grandmother and their great grandmother and on back have eaten for thousands of years.  This is where your grass fed beef comes from…contented cows!

What is so important about grass fed meat? It appears to be more expensive than feed lot meat.

Is it really? Let’s check it out.

The Omega6 to the Omega 3 ratio is better

It contains CLA (Conjugated Linolenic Acid). CLA is another fat that is anti-cancer and helps with weight control.

Has more vitamin A and D

Has more vitamin E

Beta-carotene is higher

Higher levels of calcium, magnesium and potassium

Better type fat and less fat

When you are buying the cheaper meat you need to buy flax  or fish oil, CLA, vitamins A,D and E, some minerals and beta carotene. Your body is more prone to break down without the nutrients.

Besides, grass fed meat tastes good and the ratio of Omega6 to Omega 3 is 4:1 or 3:1 not in the 21:1 range found in feed lot cows.

One other plus for grass fed animals is they fertilize the ground as they graze. The rancher can not leave them to denude the ground or there will be no more grass lands to graze.

If you can not find grass fed meat locally there are several places on line where you can buy grass fed beef, grass fed bison, elk, venison, lamb, sheep, goat and chicken. We have tried three of the first four listed from  www.northstarbison.com

We have found the folks at Northstar are very pleasant and helpful. They have interesting information. Best of all the meat has always arrived solidly frozen in about 2 days.

The rest of out meat has been found locally through diligent searching. The more you ask the more likely the smaller, local farmer will grow what ever you are looking for. After all, they wan to sell what they grow!

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4 Responses to “ GRASS FED MEAT? WHY? ”

  1. Alex Long says:

    I am just concerned about the main source of Omega 3 which is the liver of fish. as you can see, fishes can accumulate mercury and pcb. .*:

  2. Grandma Ruth says:

    Hi Alex, I understand your concern about fish oil and mercury. There seem to be some ocean areas where the inorganic mercury level is much higher than others. Chose your oil carefully. Call the company and talk with them until you are satisfied. Grass fed cattle provide a good Omega 6 to Omega3 ratio. If grain is fed the Omega 6 level goes up and the Omega 3 drops. A Japanese investigator has discovered cilantro leaves can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if enough is consumed.
    Remember, I am reporting what others have discovered.

  3. -*, I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information `~;

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