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Grass fed beef is shown to be higher in heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene and vitamins A and E. SunFed beef is also an excellent source of vitamin B12, a critical nutrient not readily available from plant protein sources.

A 3-ounce serving of SunFed grass fed beef provides as much:

  • protein as 1.5 cups of beans, with half the calories
  • zinc as 14 servings of white tuna
  • iron as three cups of raw spinach

Consumers have been led to believe that all meat is just meat. In other words, no matter what an animal is fed, the nutritional value of its products remains the same. This is not true. An animal’s diet can have a profound influence on the nutrient content of its products.  Because of the host of health benefits associated with grass fed beef, doctors and athletic trainers have begun suggesting that both highly trained athletes and occasional gym attendees can benefit from adding grass fed beef to their diets. Prevalent work out and diet programs, like Crossfit and the Paleo diet make grass fed beef a keystone of their health program.

Grass fed Beef is Lean

First of all, grass fed beef tends to be much lower in total fat than grain-fed beef. Studies show that a sirloin steak from a grass fed steer has about one half to one third the amount of fat as a similar cut from a grain-fed steer.  Because grass fed meat is leaner, it is also lower in calories.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are fats that the human body cannot make but are essential for human health.  Omega 3’s must be consumed in the diet with the most potent sources coming from meat. Beyond being essential for normal growth, these fats have a wealth of additional health benefits, including heart health, mental health, and cancer prevention.

  • Heart: Omega 3’s play a role in preventing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), improving arrhythmias (irregular heart beat), lowering plasma triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood), as well as lowering blood pressure and providing anti-inflammatory properties[1].
  • Mental: patients with low levels of Omega 3’s are more likely to suffer from depression. Depression improves when Omega 3’s are added to the diet[2].  Omega 3’s also reduce the decline of cognitive function and progression to dementia[3].
  • Cancer: there is evidence that Omega 3’s exert protective effects against some common cancers[4]

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

CLA is a type of fat found primarily in the milk and meat of ruminant animals. Naturally occurring CLA is produced when polyunsaturated fats in grass are transformed by the bacteria in the cow’s ruminant stomach. There is strong evidence that CLA has anticarcinogenic properties as well as being protective against heart disease, diabetes, and obesity[5].

[1] Lavie, Carl. Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Diseases. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 55 (4); 410-411. January 2010

[2] Sontrop, Jessica. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and depression. Preventative Medicine, 42 (1); 4-13. January 2006

[3] . Milte, Catherine. Erythrocyte polyunsaturated fatty acid status, memory, cognition and mood in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and healthy controls.  Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids, 84(5-6); 153-161. May-June 2011

[4] Rose, David. Omega-3 fatty acids as cancer chemopreventive agents. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 83 (3); 217-244. Sept. 1999

[5] Lorenzen, C.L. Conjugated linoleic acid content of beef differs by feeding regime and muscle. Meat Science 75; 159-167. 2007