One of the most important questions you can ask about the Primal diet is rather or not to consume Grass-Fed Beef or Conventional Beef. Now we all have heard the old saying “You are what you eat”. This is not just true for us Humans, but it also holds true for the animals that provide the meat we eat.
Various scientific studies have been made that wholeheartedly agree that Grass Fed Beef is highly beneficial to your health (1, 2). Grass Fed Beef has a more desirable Saturated Fatty Acid lipid profile as compared to Conventional Beef.
it is also higher (about 2 – 3 times more than Conventional Beef) in conjugated linoleic acid and trans-vaccenic acid (3, 4) which helps in the reduction of Cancer tumors such as Breast, Colorectal, Lung, Skin, and Stomach. It also helps with reducing the symptoms of Asthma, Cardiovascular disease, High blood pressure, High cholesterol and triglycerides, Osteoporosis, Insulin resistance, Inflammation, Immune system invaders, among others.
Grass-fed beef tends to be lower in overall fat content, an important consideration for those people interested in decreasing overall fat consumption. Because of these differences in Fatty Acid content, grass-fed beef also has a distinct grass flavor and unique cooking qualities that should be considered when making the transition from Conventional Beef.
Grass Fed Beef is also higher in Omega-3 fatty acids resulting in a better omega-6:omega-3 ratio that is preferred by nutritionists. In Grass Fed Beef this ratio is about 1.53:1, while in Conventional Beef the ratio is a whopping 7.65:1. Grass-fed beef is also higher in precursors for Vitamin A and E and cancer fighting antioxidants such as GT (glutathione) and SOD (superoxide dismutase) as compared to grain-fed beef.
As far as Saturated fat is concerned, the three main types of saturated fats found in red meat are stearic acid, palmitic acid, and myristic acid. Grass Fed Beef consistently contains a higher proportion of stearic acid, which even the mainstream scientific community acknowledges does not raise blood cholesterol levels. This higher proportion of stearic acid means that grass-fed beef also contains lower proportions of palmitic and myristic acid, which are more likely to raise cholesterol. On the other hand Conventional Beef is higher on palmitic and myristic acids and lower on stearic acid.
Other Important Nutrients
Grass Fed Beef also contains higher levels of beneficial nutrients, including zinc, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium. (5) It’s safe to say that Grass Fed Beef gives you more bang for your buck on all fronts, with its significantly higher levels of omega-3s, antioxidants, minerals, and other important nutrients.
Grass Fed Beef and Conventional Beef have the same amount of omega-6 fats, cholesterol, and total polyunsaturated fats.
One of the most important health markers is your omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio. A healthy ratio is 2:1 and make sure the omega-6 you eat is mostly uncooked. Most Americans have a ratio of 20:1 to 30:1. Along with other dietary measures, consuming Grass Fed Beef will help improve this ratio. Grass Fed Beef have more omega-3’s, CLA, and TVA. Grass Fed Beef has more antioxidants, and a broader spectrum of healthy fats. The higher antioxidant content in Grass Fed Beef will also protect the omega-3’s and omega-6’s from oxidizing.
Hope this information will help you make a wise choice in order to lead a more healthier and fulfilling live. Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion on Grass Fed Beef vs Conventional Beef.