Grass-Fed Beef May Be A Source Of Beneficial Omega-3 Fats

Think all red meat is bad for your health? Maybe not. A new study in the British Journal of Nutrition is linking grass-fed beef with higher blood levels of omega-3s, which have been associated with positive health benefits, compared to more common grain-finished red meat.

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As food blog Foodista affirms, cows are genetically designed to eat grass, not the grain diet of conventional farming, so it stands to reason that grass-fed cows would be healthier (and healthier for us) than factory farmed cows. This study backs up that notion, concluding that:

Red meat from grass-fed animals may contribute to dietary intakes of LC n-3 PUFA [Omega-3 fatty acid]in populations where red meat is habitually consumed.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, walnuts, and some fruits and vegetables have been recommended for several health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease — interesting because red meat is commonly seen as a villain when it comes to heart health.

People who seek out grass-fed beef usually do so for ethical and environmental reasons. This study's findings may offer another compelling reason for meat eaters to choose grass-fed beef over the conventional kind, even though it's more expensive and more difficult to find.

If you can recommend good sources for grass-fed beef, please share them with us in the comments.

Grass-Fed Beef for Heart Health [Foodista]


    You need to read! That will teach you that not all fats are bad!

    I'm on a ketogenic diet and I was told this straight off the bat. Grass-fed beef is always preferable to grain-fed (omega 6) beef.

    We provide high-quality grassfed beef to the Upper Midwest at Thousand Hills Cattle Co. Thank you!

    Grass-fed Angus beef is also the tastiest.

    Here in South Australia, Indiana Organics produces only grass-fed organic beef. It's available from P&A Organic Meats located at Kensington Park and in the David Jones Food Court in Rundle Mall.

    Check out - they supply grass fed biodynamic beef to a few local markets and organic stores in South Australia. NASAA Certified and Also on facebook at

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