Grass Finishing (Green Fed Cattle)

You may have heard Jordan Rubin talk about green fed beef and dairy products having more omega 3′s. He also talked about how much better it is “finishing the cattle on grass” verses finishing them on grain. But what data is there to support these claims?

I found an abstract published in the British Journal of Nutrition about this. It is titled: “Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet n-3 PUFA in healthy consumers”. In a double blind study, the researchers fed healthy people beef and lamb that were given a finishing diet of either grass or concentrate feed. Concentrate feed is usually a diet of mostly wheat products.

Among other things, the blood levels of omega 3′s from both groups were compared. Blood Omega 3′s “were significantly higher in those subjects who consumed red meat from grass-fed animals compared with those who consumed red meat from concentrate-fed animals”

These findings are significant because most people have to many omega 6 fatty acids and not enough omega 3′s. Eating grass finished beef from Beyond Organic can help bring the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio closer to normal.

It is important to note that many “grass fed” cattle are finished on grain. But at Beyond Organic, the cattle are 100% “Green Fed”.

References
http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/programmes/en/lead/toolbox/Refer/fcrpsec1.pdf
British Journal of Nutrition 2011 Volume 105 Issue 01
Cambridge Journals Online

Source of this post
http://drhaley.com/grass-finishing/

 

 

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