Thursday, February 5, 2009

Grass Fed Is Where It's At

God created cattle to grow, sustain, and remain healthy, entirely on grass. My father has commented a time or two, that it is amazing an animal that big can get there on just grass. But, that's the point. That is the way they were designed to live.

So, here are a few things I have learned, recently, on my journey through grass farming education.

Grass fed beef has been scientifically proven to be lower in fat than grain fed, feed lot beef (the stuff you get in the store). In fact, one six ounce steak from a grass fed steer has one half to one third less fat than that of grain finished beef. In the same size steak, you will also find 100 calories less in grass fed beef than in grain fed. This means, if you eat the average diet of 66 pounds of beef per year, you will consume 18,000 calories less, heck, you'd even lose six pounds.

It has also been proven that grass fed beef is higher in Omega 3 fatty acids (the good stuff), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is a great cancer fighter, and high in vitamin E. All things that your body needs. This make my mouth water for our first grass fed beef. He will be sent to butcher in a month or so.

Grass fed beef has the same amount of fat as skinless chicken, wild deer or elk and can also lower the LDL cholesterol level in your body.

Some of this I had learned before, especially dealing with pastured poultry, as many of the same principles are applied to grass fed chicken. Very healthy for you. However, it is always good to re-enforce things we learn, which is what happened here. Plus, it is good to keep your "sword" sharp when talking to others about the benefits of grass fed. One thing I have learned and cemented in my mind is that the grass is the key. Which is something I am very intrigued by and am looking to find out more. There is a book out there that I am threatening to read called "All Flesh Is Grass". I don't even know who wrote it off the top of my head. If any of you have more insight, please, feel free to send a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

The next post (I hesitate to say "tomorrow", as that is always "iffy") I plan to write more on what I have learned about Omega 3 fatty acids. This stuff is so vital to our system that I can't understand why more folks don't get it.

More next time. Thanks for stopping by.


Anonymous said...

Hello all! All flesh is grass is a great book, I believe that everyone interested in the best way to raise food for your family should read it!
God Bless!

Scott or Pam said...

OK, now I'm gonna hafta buy the book. Really, I have wanted to read it for a while, so I might as well go ahead. Thanks.