We paid about 3.55/lb net after taking the hanging weight loss into account. Considering the amount of high quality meat we got, it’s a no-brainer.
We’re almost out of our half of the cow, so we’re talking about getting another cow just for our family. Sure, maybe not the best plan if there’s just a couple of you, but with a family our size it’s completely worth it.
Quite a few of you have asked me about just why spend the money on grass fed beef. For us there’s two different factors that come into play … ethics and health
The Ethics of Grass Fed Beef
Our cow didn’t grow up on a feed lot. It didn’t stand shoulder to shoulder for most of its life with other cows. It didn’t walk through manure six inches deep. His body wasn’t caked with manure.
Our cow wasn’t treated with antibiotics, and it ate grass as God intended, not grain to somehow optimize his growth rate and minimize food costs. He was, for all intents and purposes, a cow growing and living as nature intended.
The Health Implications of Grass Fed Beef
Eating grass fed beef has massive health benefits that the major food conglomerates don’t want you to know. A cow that eats grass instead of grain is far healthier during its life, and far healthier for you to eat.
Take fat for example. Your average grain fed cow has about 8.5 grams of fat per 3oz serving. Compare this to chicken, which we all know is a low fat meat, clocking in at a little over 1 gram of fat per 3oz serving. And we all know that buffalo meat is extremely low fat as well, with 2 grams per serving.
Well, grass fed beef has about 2.25 grams of fat per serving. Not bad! It’s amazing the difference that grain vs grass diets makes. As a side benefit of consuming naturally lean meats like this your LDL cholesterol levels go down.
The type of fatty acids in meat are also very important for your health. Without going into too much detail, Omega-3 fatty acids are good, and Omega-6 is bad. The ratio between the two is very important, with anything over a 4:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 being extremely bad. Health problems include cancer, heart disease, depression, obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, attention deficit syndrome, and more.
Having a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of cancer, reduces blood pressure, and drops your risk of having a heart attack by 50%. It is also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Grain fed beef has a 15:1 ratio of O-6:O-3 fatty acids. You do the math. And even worse, ALL grain fed meats have similar ratios, including chicken and milk from grain fed dairy cows – and even fish. They say that chicken from the store has an 18:1 ratio! That’s five or six times the level that is known to cause significant health problems.
Grass fed beef usually has a 1:1 to 1:2 ratio. Which would you prefer?
There’s another good fat called ‘conjugated linoleic acid’ … aka CLA. CLA dramatically reduces your risk of cancer. A study in Finland showed a 60% reduction of the risk for breast cancer by adding CLA to your diet. It will also suppress the growth of cancer cells already in the body.
CLA improves your immune system, prevents obesity and diabetes, and increases your bone density.
Oh by the way … the best source of CLA that we know about is grass fed beef.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, grass fed beef has 5x more Vitamin A, 4x more Vitamin E and twice as much Beta-carotene than grain fed beef. And all that E. coli that’s going around, causing recall after recall by commercial meat packers? Not a risk with grass fed beef.
Anyone still want to eat grain fed beef?