Health Benefits of Pastured Products
Beef, pork and eggs from pastured animals are ideal for your health. Compared with commercials products, they offer you more "good" fats, and fewer "bad" fats. They are also richer in antioxidants.
Until the 1950’s most cattle were grass-finished, and today around the world, most cattle are still grass-finished. Grain finishing in feedlots was created to utilize an excess production of cheap corn, and to mass produce beef in a structured location, close to the point of corn harvest, on a year-round basis. It was and still is an excellent industrial model; however, we are working with a ruminant animal, with 4 stomachs, designed by nature to eat and digest forage.
The old saying “you are what you eat” is simply stated, but true. Grass-finished beef is 40% lower in fat than grain-finished. Health professionals recommend a balance of 2 to 1 of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Grass-finished beef has this ratio of 2:1 while grain-finished beef has a 5:1 ratio. Grass-finished meat has double the concentrations of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a cancer-fighting compound found in meat and dairy products of ruminants. Grass-finished beef is also higher in Vitamin E and beta carotene. If you want to learn more, please utilize our links to explore the scientific evidence of the amazing health benefits of grass-finished beef over grain-finished beef.