|Grass-fed Beef||Grain-fed Beef|
|Low saturated fat levels, similar to chicken breast||Saturated fat levels 3-4 times higher.|
|2-6 times higher levels of omega-3 (most often found in fish).||Grain-fed cattle lose nearly all omega-3 during their time in the feedlot.|
|3-5 times the level of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a possible new defence against cancer.||As CLA comes from the grass itself, low levels of it are present.|
|Reduced exposure to E.coli bacteria.||E.coli is a constant risk and growing concern where animals are overcrowded.|
|No risk of BSE (mad cow disease), since cattle are not fed animal by-products.||Cases of BSE have been confirmed in this country among conventionally-raised beef.|
|Ecologically friendly agricultural practices.||"Factory" production requires significant energy, chemicals and gasoline.|
"Researchers did not get their first glimpse of the many health benefits of CLA until 1987. Although the research is in its earliest stages, CLA shows promise of reducing the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immmune disorders. What's more, CLA appears to be perfectly safe. Even in large doses, this good fat has shown no harmful effects in laboratory animals... Switching to grass-fed animal products would increase your CLA intake three to five times, which could make the all-important difference."
-- Jo Robinson www.eatwild.com
A natural diet and stress-free environment produces better-tasting meat that's also healthier to eat. Research indicates that a diet with adequate omega-3 fatty acids lowers the risk of depression, aggressive behavior, attention-deficit disorder (ADD), schizophrenia, and dementia. Pasture-raised meat is also higher in beta-carotene (an important antioxidant) and vitamin E (even higher than grain-fed cattle given supplimental vitamin E).