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Health Benefits of Eating Grass-fed Meat

Updated on October 17, 2009

As a family we are trying to eat healthier foods. One of the steps we have taken in our journey is to purchase grass-fed meat from local farmers. Many people don't see anything wrong with the meat purchased from the grocery store, and maybe that is the case. But while there might not be anything wrong with this meat, it certainly isn't as good for your body as grass-fed meat is. The more I delve into this topic, the more convinced I am that humans were not meant to eat animals raised in feedlots.

Animals that are raised the way nature intended them to be raised (typically not eating grain, but eating grass and foraging for their own food) are much healthier animals. This makes them healthier for us to eat. Omega-3 is all over the news lately as being super beneficial to our health. Rather than taking a supplement to get your Omega-3, eat animals that are raised on pasture in their natural environment. These animals have a much higher level of Omega-3 than do grain fed animals in a feedlot. Grass and insects both increase the amount of Omega-3 in an animal, which in turn increases it in us in the form of meat and eggs.

Meat from a grass-fed animal is lower in calories and lower in fat. That right there is a big benefit, but there are other health benefits to eating grass-fed meat. Not only is this meat lower in fat, but it has more of the good fats than animals raised in a feedlot. Animals fed a natural grass diet are comparable to wild animals as far as the nutritional benefits go. This is a huge thing. I am sure there have been studies done, but anyone can take a look at history and see how our lives have changed over the past 100 years and how much sicker we are getting than generations past. When people had to hunt or fish for their meats, they weren't getting a lot of the diseases and cancers we are getting today.

Grass-fed animals produce meat that is much higher in CLA - conjugated linoleic acid - a huge cancer fighter. This meat is also higher in Vitamin E, which can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer and possibly has anti-aging properties.

Grass-fed animals (raised in their natural environments) are so healthy compared to animals in a feedlot that they do not need antibiotics and other drugs that feedlots have to give their animals, just to keep them alive. The verdict is still out on how these antibiotics affect humans, but my motto is the less medicine I have to put in my body the better. Grass-fed meat helps me meet that goal. Yes, I know grass-fed meats are a little more expensive, but isn't your health worth it?

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    • Nemingha profile image

      Nemingha 7 years ago

      I have recently been reading up on this as well and what you have written is so true.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for your hub on eating grass feed beef, thank you for your healthy info. thanks for sharing. creativeone59

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      keira7 7 years ago

      Nice hub, good info. Thanks

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Jennifer, thanks for this important health information. We have a five acre pasture that currently is not being used. I am wondering what would be the best way to turn that grass into meat! I don't have time to tend cattle, but there must be some way to work out a deal with someone who does...