Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
May 15, 2007

Grass-Fed Beef Healthier Than Salmon?

"The results showed a startling 16:1 ration of omega-3 to omega- 6. This is far, far superior than even Alaska's wild salmon. For those preferring meat, this is most welcome news!"

So there! The answer to why traditional diets are so much more healthier than their modern junk* counterparts....

*The quality of fats in the modern equivalent butter, lards etc contains much damaged fats due the high processing (even hydrogenated in some instances particularly the lards). Further much of it is derived from grain fed animals rather than grass, skewing saturated to unsaturated ratios in favour of the Omega 6 unsaturated.

Chris Gupta

See also:

Re: Saturated Fats And Heart Health



Grass-Fed Beef Healthier Than Salmon?

A recent review of our ancestors confirms what I've said about the value of grass-fed beef. Scientists are looking at the diets of past hunter/gatherers as well as modern societies. Staffan Lindeberg, of Lund University in Sweden, for example, found that islanders in Papua New Guinea who eat yams, fruit, fish, and coconut rarely suffer from heart disease. However, the Inuit Eskimos, from my beloved Alaska, also were rather immune to vascular disease until their traditional diet of meat and animal fat was replaced by "civilized foods."

Lauren Cordain of Colorado State University in Fort Collins is one who has advocated the Paleolithic diet. Cordain and his team compared the muscle, brain, bone marrow, and fat of wild animals with those of cattle. They found steaks from wild animals have about two percent total fat, as opposed to the five to seven percent in lean beef. Wild tissues also contained more omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in oily fish and have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Pasture-fed cattle have a fat content more resembling wild meat than grain fed.

Action to take: I've reported on this information before, but it bears repeating: Omega-3 oils are sorely deficient in our diet. Grains have a lot of omega-6 fats, so grain-fed cattle will accumulate this type of fat, which, when out of balance with omega-3, can lead to a wide variety of inflammatory conditions and heart disease. Meat eaters may be able to recapture a more normal omega 3:6 ratio by eating grass-fed beef and wild game exclusively. Of course, non-farmed cold-water fish have an abundance of omega-3 oils for those who like fish. Remember that farmed fish are grain-fed, just like cows, and therefore, will have an unnatural and unhealthy fat content. Naturally grazed animals also have a high content of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fat that counteracts the inflammatory actions of its omega-6 cousins.

I just received an analysis of grass-fed beef from Grassland Beef, LLC (RR 1 Box 20, Monticello, MO 63457; toll free: 877- 383-0051), which was performed at the University of Iowa. The results showed a startling 16:1 ration of omega-3 to omega- 6. This is far, far superior than even Alaska's wild salmon. For those preferring meat, this is most welcome news!

Ref: Nature News Service, March 26, 2002.

Extracted from June 2002 Second Opinion


posted by Chris Gupta on Tuesday May 15 2007

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