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    At whole foods their meat has an 80 percent grass fed diet. They finish their beef on grain. How much of an effect does this have on the omega content?

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    From what I understand, a lot/most? cattle eat grass until they go to the feed lot for the last part of their life. I don't think it takes very long on a grain fed diet for their omega ratios to complete flip flop.

    http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm this explains a lot of it and there's a graph a few paragraphs down documenting the decline in Omega 3s.

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    • #3
      Almost all the farmers here "finish" them on grain. Even the ones that promote "grass fed, antibiotic and steroid free". Sucks if this doesn't have a lasting benefit.
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      • #4
        Either way beef fat is SO low on PUFA's that it doesn't make much of a difference if you are taking fish oil.
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        • #5
          I haven't looked at the study in detail, but the conclusions are shocking: http://blog.zeroinginonhealth.com/20...han-grass-fed/

          I still find it hard to believe that eating an animal that ate a diet that is unhealthy for it could be healthier for me than an animal that ate an optimal diet, but crazier things are true.

          It was funded by The National Cattleman's Beef Association, so it's questionable, but if what they found is actually true then it seems that grain-fed would have beneficial effects over grassfed. I'll have to dig deeper.
          Last edited by yodiewan; 06-15-2010, 03:07 PM. Reason: Looking closer...

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          • #6
            The study involved 27 men eating 5 beef patties a week and purports to find differences in their lipids as a result. Come off it. This isn't science - it's 100% pure marketing. I wouldn't be eating grainfed meat on the basis of this BS
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            • #7
              I'm more than happy to come off it, hehe. I just recently found a grass-fed supplier and plan to continue buying from them whenever I can. I really don't think that grain-fed is healthier, I just haven't found a link to the actual study yet, so it's hard to make a judgment either way. I imagine that the purported health benefits will probably fall below the level of statistical significance.
              Last edited by yodiewan; 06-15-2010, 05:45 PM.

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              • #8
                That study sounds like bullshit.

                From a farm kid's perspective, grain fed cattle look sick. If they look sick on the outside than they are probably sick on the inside.
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                • #9
                  How long did it take you to start feeling better when you cut out grains? A week?

                  How long will it take a cow to start feeling like crap once on grains...

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                  • #10
                    Good points all around. I guess I came off wrong in my initial post. I was in no way condoning grain-feeding cattle. I know that it is not healthy for the cattle, and I seriously doubt that it is as healthy for humans to consume those cows as compared to grass-fed. I was just trying to keep an open mind and not immediately jump to a conclusion. I'd really like to see hard data from the study so I can safely say that the "improvements" in lipids and insulin were not statistically significant.

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                    • #11
                      Is there really any difference other than the omega ratios?
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                      • #12
                        From the news article about the study:

                        "I realize cost is involved – feeding corn is expensive. But, if you want a healthier product, you need more marbling. Time on feed is a big factor."

                        What a fucken joke. Corn is subsidised around fifty percent by the US taxpayer. This study sounds so dodgy.
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                        • #13
                          LOL corn is every fucking where. On the other hand, grass is also everywhere and nobody eats it but livestock. Ummm.
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                          • #14
                            Well you can get E.Coli in grain fed cattle.

                            Grass fed has significantly more omega 3s, more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and trans vaccenic acid (TVA), more beta-carotene, vitamin E, glutathione, less arachadonic acid and the animals will be healthier and happier!

                            The only downside is that the animals are leaner.
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                            • #15
                              I'd wondered about that too, since it is pretty hard to find all-grassfed even at the health food store.

                              The first link provided has an informative graph, if you scroll down. According to that study, completely grass-fed beef has 3% omega-3 fats. after 28 days on grain (which I believe is about the time used for what they call "grain-finished"), that drops to 2%, then to 1% after 60 days on grain and down to nearly 0 after about 6 months.

                              So it looks like the grain-finished is better than Kroger brand, but not as good as the real deal.

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