Benefits of Eating Grass-Fed Meats

100% Grass-fed is as good as it gets

To us 100% grass-fed meat is like a preventive and curative medicine in food form. Grass-fed and pastured meat is tasty and very good for you. When animals are healthy and disease free their meat is healthy and disease free. Grass-fed meat is your safest meat choice, says Michael Hansen of Consumers Union. According to Jo Robinson of www.eatwild.com, “100% grass-fed animals cannot acquire BSE (Mad Cow Disease) ... and products from grass-fed animals may also lower your risk of becoming sickened by campylobacter or E. coli bacteria.”

In ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, bison, deer, etc.), feeding grain — even if the grain is organic — produces meats that are not as healthy as 100% grass-fed meats because feeding just a little grain reduces the health benefits of the meat. (1) Grass-fed meat is a lean, flavorful health food. It provides you with high levels of the antioxidant Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which may be one of our most potent defenses against cancer. CLA also fights and reduces obesity, heart disease, “bad” cholesterol, adult onset diabetes, and many other ailments. (2)

Synthetic CLA is available in health food stores, but CLA in its natural form (from 100% grass-fed meat) is 600 times more biologically available to your body, according to Professor T.R. Dhiman of Utah State University as published in the Stockman Grass Farmer Magazine. Grass-fed meat also has six times the amount of ‘good’ Omega-3 fatty acids, the proper 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty-acids (the ratio found in plants; a ratio higher than 1:4 is detrimental to your health and grain-fed meat can have a ratio as high as 1:14), and four times the amount of vitamins E and A than grain-fed meat.(1) Grass-fed products also contain Activator X, a powerful catalyst only found in animal fats that helps your body absorb and utilize minerals.(3)

All these benefits of pasture finished meat come with about the same amount of fat as skinless chicken, and at a fraction of the calories of grain-fed meat.(1) You will want to eat the fat as that is where most of the benefits are concentrated. This is a super food that tastes great and is reasonably priced, especially when considering the extra nutrients in our meat. You would have to eat five to six servings of grain-fed meat to equal the nutrient intake from one serving of grass-fed, and you would be consuming all that additional, unneeded poor-quality fat and calories as well.

Cows grazing at Mount Vernon FarmOur grass-fed meat is different from many other grass-fed meats. We do not expose our growing animals to anything that should not be injected into, implanted in, ingested by, sprayed-on, or poured-on them. Additionally, we rarely feed any hay and we do not finish (fatten) our animals on grain.

Rediscover lamb! Unlike the strong taste of grain-fed lamb, grass-fed lamb is mild and pleasant tasting. Grass-fed lamb is the healthiest meat you can eat while grain-fed lamb has significant health hindrances, according to Allan Nation of The Stockman Grass Farmer.

It’s All in the Taste

We know that a healthy product is appealing, but it has to taste good. Our meat tastes the way nature intended it to taste. We sell you the same meat we eat every day.  With proper preparation methods, you can enjoy flavorful and tender meat. In the fall we offer apple-finished pork. Eggs from pastured hens and meat from pastured pigs are packed with more nutrients from the grass and are from happier animals as compared to conventional confinement-raised animals.

Cooking with Grass-Fed Meats

To learn more about the all the benefits of grass-fed meats and recipes visit www.eatwild.com. Check out Nourishing Traditions cookbook by Sally Fallon for great insights into a revolutionary whole foods diet high in animal proteins. You can also purchase grass-fed meat cookbooks from us directly.

Some excellent articles from Eat Wild:

You Are What Your Animals Eat
Confused about Fat?
Beyond Organic

Notes

(1) Robinson, J. 2004. Pasture Perfect: The Far-Reaching Benefits of Choosing Meat, Egg,s and Dairy Products from Grass-Fed Animals. Washington:Vashon Island Press

(2) Eat Wild: The Clearinghouse for Information about Pasture-Based Farming, http://www.eatwild.com

(3) Fallon, S. 1995. Nourishing Traditions. Promotion Publishing