Last week I wrote about MCT oil, medium chain triglycerides, and how healthy this oil is for our mitochondria, maintaining healthy body weight and nourishing our brain.
I promised a post about why GRASS FED ANIMAL PROTEIN is far better for you than conventional grain fed animal protein.
A couple of openers on this topic, grass fed animal protein is not mass produced. It is found on small family run farm operations and therefore is definitely more expensive than conventional grain fed animal protein. It’s not something we eat every night but we may enjoy some grass fed beef or bison once a week or less frequently than that. You won’t find grass fed proteins in a conventional grocery store. You may find it in Whole Foods or your favorite health food market. I order ours online from small independent farms and have it shipped to me. It arrives frozen and I just put it right into my freezer for future enjoyment.
Now…why is grass fed better than conventional?
You’ve heard the expression “You are what you eat.” This is true with animals too. The feed that cows, chickens, pigs, lamb, bison etc. grow up on has a major influence on the nutritional composition of the animal’s protein.
Most animals raised for human consumption are fed grains on these huge feedlots. We have travelled by some feedlots in California and there is not a stick of grass on massive acreage full of cows. These lots are absolutely jammed with cows being raised to fill the shelves of our conventional grocery stores.
These feedlot animals are fattened up with grain-based food generally derived from genetically modified soy and corn. These animals are also pumped full of hormones and drugs too stimulate rapid growth. The conditions of these feedlots are breeding grounds for bacteria and disease amongst the animals. Hence the use of massive amounts of antibiotics. The meat from these animals is laced with hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified unnatural contaminants. The nutritional composition of this meat, needless to say, is less than perfect.
Grass fed animals live out their lives grazing in pastures of green grasses and clover etc. This is the natural way these animals should be eating. They grow at the pace Mother Nature intended, without the use of drugs, hormones etc. The animals have a better quality of life, are less stressed and have a far better nutritional composition when they finally end up on your plate.
To give you a better idea of the differences in the quality of the protein…”YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”…means a lot in the animal protein world.
The fatty acid composition of grass fed vs. conventional meat is important. Grass fed contains less fat than grain-fed which means grass fed has fewer calories. The fatty acid composition is where the real difference between the proteins matters.
According to evidence based research:
- Grass fed protein has slightly less saturated and monounsaturated fats
- Grass fed protein and grain fed have similar amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids
- Grass fed protein contains up to 5 times as much Omega -3 fatty acids and this is the major difference. Omega-3 fatty acids are the healthy fats our body requires for optimal performance. When our Omega-6 and Omega-3 are out of balance, things start to go awry.
- Grass fed protein contains twice as much conjugated linoleum acid (CLA) which is associated with reduced body fat and is very beneficial to our health.
Grass fed protein is far more nutritious than conventional grain fed meat too. Grain fed contains vitamin B12, B3, B6 as well as iron, selenium and zinc. Grass fed offers more vitamin A, Vitamin E and more micronutrients like potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and sodium.
Bottom line…..Grass fed protein is better for you than conventional grain fed protein. This is scientifically proven. Eating grass fed is one of the best ways to prevent disease, improve your brain function and maintain healthy body weight. When you are making an effort to eat grass fed proteins then you are highly likely to be eating a nutritious and balanced diet in other ways too.
I hope this helps you understand why if I’m going to I feed myself and my loved ones animal protein now after being vegan so long….it has to be the best quality animal protein I can afford.