By: Allison Martineau
As many of you know, Walden’s 100% grass-fed beef tastes much better than industrial corn-fed beef and it’s locally raised right here in New England. But did you know that your grass-fed beef is nutritionally completely different from conventionally raised beef? It is actually a healthy and important food, and scientists are just starting to understand why. Here are a few reasons:
- Grass-fed beef is naturally lower in fat. Allowing cows to graze on grass their entire lives keeps them far learner and healthier.
- Grass-fed beef contains fats that are good for you. The fat that grass fed beef does contain is high in levels of healthy Omega-3s, which lower inflammation in your body and contribute to a healthy heart.
- Grass-fed beef has lower levels of Omega-6 fats than conventionally raised beef. Omega-6 fats are pro-inflammatory: they have the opposite effect of omega-3s in the body.
- Grass-fed beef is higher in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Early research has linked higher CLA levels with easier weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
- Cattle that eat grass have significantly lower chances of being infected with bacteria and are less likely to need antibiotics.
From a nutrition perspective there is simply no comparison: grass-fed beef is a heart healthy food with many benefits to your health. Put simply, because the cows are healthier, the meat is too – and as a result, so are you!
Allison Martineau holds a Masters degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University and has an extensive background in nutrition education and counseling. She has worked as a nutritionist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Tufts University and most recently, Boston Children’s Hospital. She recently joined Walden’s Board of Advisors.
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