Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, literally everything we ate was free range and fully grass fed.  Grass is the natural diet for cattle.  The unnatural diet of the feedlot is not healthy for the animal which should make it an easy choice to eat only healthy, all-natural, grass fed beef. The health of the animal is directly reflected in the quality of meat.  At the Colvin Ranch, it is clear to see that the cows are healthy from eating a natural diet of lush pasture grass.
Large quantities of beta-carotene, Vitamin E, and folic acid is present in green grass that find it’s way into the animals that are grazing.  The meat will also have considerably less fat in it than the meat of animals fed exclusively on grain.  No surprise in light of what we know about diets high in carbohydrates.  Grass fed meat contains less total fat and less saturated fats than grain-fed animals.  
Pastured animals also contain conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that some recent studies indicate may help reduce weight and prevent cancer, and which is absent from feedlot animals.  But perhaps most important, meats from pastured animals also contain higher levels of Omega-3’s, essential fatty acids that Americans don’t get enough of in our diets.  These Fatty Acids are created in the cells of green plants and play an important role in human health, especially in the growth and health of brain cells. The grain fed animal yield a distinctively altered fatty-acid profile with unnaturally high Omega-6 levels and virtually no Omega-3, which is otherwise found in highly significant quantities in exclusively pasture-fed animals.
Healthy Fatty Acid deficiency is epidemic in America leading to a many of our modern day health problems including cardiovascular, hormonal, musculoskeletal issues, as well as immune   and allergy problems.  Many of these diseases can be managed with a diet that is balanced in Fatty Acids.  A diet of properly prepared, nutrient rich, whole foods is never dull.  Eating grass fed beef is just one step in the right direction as it is a healthy source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid.

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