I started having health problems after I had my second daughter. I felt sluggish, had a foggy-brain and always fatigued even after 8 hours of sleep. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong so I started to change my diet and lifestyle and started to heal myself with food. Food is the fuel for our bodies to have good health and stay well. With only so much room in your stomach, it’s important to me to eat and feed my family nutrient dense foods. Here are the simple reasons I choose grass-fed over grain-fed meat:
More Antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals. Compounds like carotenoids are found as pigments in plants and in abundance in grass-fed meat because of the grass diet. Carotenoids act like antioxidants protecting against cellular damage, aging and diseases. Grass-fed meat also contains high levels of other antioxidants such as vitamin E, glutathione, and minerals like zinc and iron.
Essential Fatty Acids. These are fats that your body needs because without them you could cause serious damage to your body systems. Essential fatty acids are not usually made by the body so you have to eat them. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are the two most familiar essential fatty acids. Grass-fed and grain-fed beef have about the same amount of Omega-6. Grass-fed meat has over 3 times as much Omega-3s. Omega-3s are a vital role in the cells and systems in your body from your heart to your brain. They also decrease inflammation.
CLA. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found naturally in the milk and meat of cows and sheep. CLA acts like a strong antioxidant or natural substance that stops or limits the damage caused by free radicals which contribute to aging and diseases. Research indicates CLA might protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Beef is one of the best sources of CLA and grass-fed beef contains 2 to 3 times more CLA then grain-fed beef.
Grass-fed meat costs more then grain-fed meat. I manage these costs by buying cheaper cuts like ground meat.
I hope this was helpful.
The Dumpling Mama xo