Grass Fed Beef- It Really Matters What You Ate, Eats

Every time I read new nutrition info the topic of grass fed beef seems to come up. Many of you will be shocked to know that grass fed beef has a similar fatty acid profile to salmon. I know I was. Yes, beef is good for you, just not the kind we get at most stores. In fact, grass fed beef can be as good for you as cold water fish.

 In his book 21 Days to a Healthy Heart  author Al Watson states:

“ starting in the 1950’s, the meat industry began taking animals off pasture and grass and putting them into feedlots on grain. Grass is high in omega 3. In humans and in cattle, omega-3 promotes leanness. Grains are high in omega-6. In humans and in cattle omega-6 promotes obesity. More omega-6 and less omega-3 is a recipe for obesity and inflammatory conditions… Cattle put on weight more rapidly on a high grain diet than they will in the pasture, even when they consume the same number of calories.”

I think the same applies to humans. The RD’s keep trying to tell us a calorie is a calorie but, there is a lot of info that says otherwise

Pretty scary. It is also said to be common knowledge among farmers that pigs fatten better on low-fat milk than on whole milk.  That study was published in a 2005 issue of the Journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. What? Low fat, makes you fatter? Dr. Broda barnes in his 1976 book Hypo-thyroidism- The Unsuspected Illness makes the following comments when talking about a study they performed.

“It became obvious that a high carbohydrate diet had to be a causative factor in their (the study participants) obesity. For those who grew up on a farm, this information should be no news. For centuries, farmers have reduced protein intake, eliminated most fat and shoveled in cereals to fatten animals for market. Unfortunately, physicians seldom go to the farm for medical information or we might long ago have had the answer to obesity. The tall corn of Iowa and pork production go hand in hand. The eating habits of the human and the hog are so similar they could well be embarrassing to the hog.”


To top it off Paula Owens in her excellent book The Power of Four recommends an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 2-1. Owens also states the average American diet can be 25-1 and up to 50-1!

The first bottom line is that all calories are not created equal. The second bottom line is that not only does it matter what you eat, it matters what you eat, ate. Scary stuff.

10 Responses to “Grass Fed Beef- It Really Matters What You Ate, Eats”

  1. For ‘pastured’ poultry fed on coconut and grass rather than grain, you can go to

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    It is actually, sorry

  3. Many thanks for the link!

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    I haven’t. I guess i need to add that to my ever expaning reading list. Thanks Jared.

  5. Jared Nessland Says:

    Go to find a rancher within driving distance. Purchasing direct will save you alot of money. It would be worth driving a few hours to pick it up. We just purchased 100% Grass fed and finished for under $4 a lb.

    Have you read Good Calories, Bad Calories? Some great information in the book that is related to some of your thoughts from this blog.

  6. Thanks for the link! Any tips for chicken/turkey/buffalo?

    It does cost more but isn’t your health worth it? I like to tell my clients to spend next to nothing on processed foods and use some of the savings for higher quality meats.

    We’ve sure come a long way since eating $100,000 bars and watching The Banana Splits!

  7. mboyle1959 Says:

    I use It is very expensive.

  8. Mike,

    What’s your favorite sources of grass-fed beef in the Boston area (I live in the area) or online? I’ve always found it expensive.



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