We’ve all been there at the grocery store. You’ve got the choice between regular old ground sirloin and Organic ground sirloin. The organic’s got to be better for you, right?
In this case, I’m going to say “no”.
Most of the meat (and dairy) in the US is from feedlot animals. What does this mean? These animals are raised in super confined spaces and are fed grain or corn. Organic meat is just fed “organic grain or corn” which is NOT the most important aspect for health.
What your meat eats is super important to it’s nutritional content. Meat that’s fed grain and corn contains all Omega-6 Fatty acids. These types of Fatty Acids cause inflammation in your body. This contributes to chronic inflammation. (Think arthritis, heart disease, stroke risk increase, etc.)
However, if your meat is fed grass, or is raised solely on pasture the nutritional profile is a 1 to 1 ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation. Fish like salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Did you know that grass-fed meat is just as high in Omega-3 fatty acids as salmon?
Important To Note
It doesn’t matter if your meat is organic if it’s grain or corn fed. When you’re buying meat (and dairy too) always make sure that it’s pasture raised or grass-fed. Also make sure to look out for meat that is raised on pasture, but is finished on corn. This causes the Omega-3 content to plummet and go down to zero. You want to make sure that it’s finished on grass, too.
Health Benefits of Grass Fed
Why Is This Important?
If your meat is being fed antibiotics, it gets passed down to you. This kills the good bacterial flora in your digestive system. You won’t be able to digest your food as well and it makes you more susceptible to getting sick.
If you’re going to eat meat and dairy, and you care about what is happening to your body (which I think that you do or else you wouldn’t be reading this!) make sure that your meat and dairy comes from grass-fed animals.
Where do you find grass-fed meat?
Remember, small changes over time add up to huge results. Just the switch from conventional meat to grass-fed meat and dairy will make you feel better.