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Score Ten for Grass-Fed Beef
Grass-fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in ten different ways, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The 2009 study was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina. Compared with grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef was:
- Lower in total fat
- Higher in beta-carotene
- Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
- Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium
- Higher in total omega-3s
- A ealthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
- Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer-fighter
- Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
- Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
Source: S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, (published online: Full Text | Download PDF of full article ) June 2009. “Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: Ill. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin and cholesterol content.”
Two new studies suggest that grass-fed meat and dairy products may reduce the risk of breast cancer
CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a cancer-fighting fat that is most abundant in grass-fed products. Two new European studies link a diet high in CLA with a lower risk of breast cancer.
In Finland, researchers measured CLA levels in the serum of women with and without breast cancer Those women with the most CLA had a significantly lower risk of the disease. Meanwhile, French researchers measured CLA levels in the breast tissues of 360 women. Once again, the women with the most CLA had the lowest risk of cancer. In fact, the women with the most CLA had a staggering 74% lower risk of breast cancer than the women with the least CLA.
The most natural and effective way to increase your intake of CLA is to eat the meat and dairy products of grass-fed animals.
Source: A. Aro et al, Kuopio University, Finland; Bougnoux, P, Lavillionnier F, Riboli E. “Inverse relation between CLA in adipose breast tissue and risk of breast cancer. A case-controlled study in France.” Inform 10;5:S43,1999