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  • How Important are Grass-Fed Meats?

    I have been purchasing grass fed meats/eggs/dairy for years, so I know the importance of eating them as well as the quality/taste improvements.

    However, they are much more expensive and I have not eaten them exclusively, but probably about 50% of the time. I also like to eat out, and but only one restaurant I know of serves grass-fed beef here. So, now that I'm trying to do PB eating, how crucial is it to be eating 100% grain-free meat? I mean, if the animal is eating grains, is that going to be like me eating grains??

  • #2
    it's not super important to eat all grass fed. i actually eat all conventionally raised meats. the benefit of grass fed is that the fat will likely store less toxins (just trim the extra fat of conventional meats) and the omega ratio is better because of the increased omega 3's. i eat fish or take fish oil, so i'm not so concerned about the imbalance.
    those are the big things...nothing much really.
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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    • #3
      I agree with rob... I dont have the extra cash for grass fed. But i would like to buy some grass fed lard and such for cooking with. Also I prefer the fresh cuts from the butcher at my farmers market to frozen shipped grassfed meat anyday.

      I take a teaspoon of straight fish oil every day. It is the best I can do for now with my budget

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      • #4
        This was helpful to me regarding the same question:

        The Differences Between Grass-Fed Beef and Grain-Fed Beef | Mark's Daily Apple

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Glockin Grok View Post
          grass fed lard
          Pigs don't eat grass. They're omnivores like humans. You'd want to look for pastured lard, similar to pastured eggs or poultry. The only meats that are grass fed are cows/lamb and the like because they're grazing omnivores. The phrase "grass fed" around here has turned into MDA's version of "Kleenex" or "Xerox" haha.

          I buy conventional everything. I take 1-2 grams of fish oil a day to balance (I can't tolerate much more or I break out), I cut as much fat off the conventional cuts that I can and I eat roughly 1 pound of wild caught salmon a week. The fish I buy is ALWAYS wild caught - grass fed/pastured meats are 100-200+% more than conventional so there's no way I'm spending that much, but wild caught is only $1-2/lb more than farmed in most cases. Hell, I can get wild coho salmon for the same cost at Trader Joe's as Shop Rite's chum or farmed salmon, so that is DEFINITELY an expense I'm willing to make. This adds up to an extra $3-5 a week vs buying pastured meats, which would cost $30+ more per week. I consider pastured meats to be the least important part of the Primal Blueprint.
          Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 09-07-2011, 10:32 AM.
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          • #6
            To me, they are of the utmost importance.

            Aside from the nutritional benefits, I cannot willingly put money in support of factory farming operations. I buy directly from a local farm.

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            • #7
              Thanks for the link!

              Originally posted by ogella View Post
              This was helpful to me regarding the same question:

              The Differences Between Grass-Fed Beef and Grain-Fed Beef | Mark's Daily Apple
              Great link - thanks!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
                Pigs don't eat grass. They're omnivores like humans. You'd want to look for pastured lard, similar to pastured eggs or poultry. The only meats that are grass fed are cows/lamb and the like because they're grazing omnivores. The phrase "grass fed" around here has turned into MDA's version of "Kleenex" or "Xerox" haha.

                I buy conventional everything. I take 1-2 grams of fish oil a day to balance (I can't tolerate much more or I break out), I cut as much fat off the conventional cuts that I can and I eat roughly 1 pound of wild caught salmon a week. The fish I buy is ALWAYS wild caught - grass fed/pastured meats are 100-200+% more than conventional so there's no way I'm spending that much, but wild caught is only $1-2/lb more than farmed in most cases. Hell, I can get wild coho salmon for the same cost at Trader Joe's as Shop Rite's chum or farmed salmon, so that is DEFINITELY an expense I'm willing to make. This adds up to an extra $3-5 a week vs buying pastured meats, which would cost $30+ more per week. I consider pastured meats to be the least important part of the Primal Blueprint.
                Good to know...here I was freaking out about the expense. Sooo - what's everyone's favorite fish oil? Carlson's? I take a New Chapter gel cap...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by awm8604 View Post
                  To me, they are of the utmost importance.

                  Aside from the nutritional benefits, I cannot willingly put money in support of factory farming operations. I buy directly from a local farm.
                  +100
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by awm8604 View Post
                    To me, they are of the utmost importance.

                    Aside from the nutritional benefits, I cannot willingly put money in support of factory farming operations. I buy directly from a local farm.
                    Agreed. I've started raising my own turkeys and it is expensive to feed these huge birds real and healthy feed. It makes me cringe when I think about what they feed the cheap turkeys you get around thanksgiving time - Arsenic to make them put on weight faster for one thing.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MamaThom View Post
                      Good to know...here I was freaking out about the expense. Sooo - what's everyone's favorite fish oil? Carlson's? I take a New Chapter gel cap...
                      I buy Sundown brand from Shop Rite for like $7 a bottle for 300 of them. It doesn't make me break out as badly as some other brands do. I buy the cheap bottle, bite into a capsule, make sure it isn't rancid and if it's good, I toss it in the fridge to keep cool and dark.
                      Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by awm8604 View Post
                        To me, they are of the utmost importance.

                        Aside from the nutritional benefits, I cannot willingly put money in support of factory farming operations. I buy directly from a local farm.
                        Yea, but that's a moral issue. Ethically, I'd agree with you, but the ethics don't justify the cost to me. Plus, many of us don't have access to a local farm. I live right outside of Philly so there are no farms anywhere nearby, so buying pastured animals cost a minimum of 2-3 times the cost of conventional. In terms of health, they're pretty much the last principle - they're a little better for you no doubt, but it's a pretty small difference. Cutting out PUFA oils, sugar and grains are what make the overwhelming majority of difference in the Primal Blueprint. The switch from grain fed to pastured meat products will barely put a dent in things vs the big three.
                        Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
                          Pigs don't eat grass.
                          Actually, pigs do eat grass. Our pigs eat hundreds of thousands of pounds of hay in the winter and graze about 70 acres of pastures in the summers. Pasture represents the vast majority of their diet and most of that is grass.

                          We raise pastured pigs in northern Vermont mountains. We do not buy or feed commercial feeds nor do we buy grains for our pigs. We have raised some on just pasture and they do great, growing a little more slowly and leaner. Normally we also feed dairy which provides lysine, a limiting amino acid, and pumpkins, apples and such. But the fact is, pigs can eat grass, they can thrive on pasture and pasture is not just grass. It also contains clover, alfalfa and other forages. We only sell locally but there are probably real pasture based pig farmers in your area. You can read more about our farm at my blog. Follow the link on my name.

                          As to O3's vs O6's, we're actually doing research on the fatty acid contents right now. Tune in next year for results.

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                          • #14
                            Until I found a local farm that drops off less than a mile from my house (and does a CSA share, so I only have to commit to 30 lbs at a time), we shopped at Walmart. We still get our chicken from Walmart, and our seafood from Target. No shame in eating within your budget!
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                            • #15
                              Also, if you're too high in omega 6 (even though you're taking omega 3 which do not kill omega 6) you can do a couple days of 'detoxing' from omega 6 by eating fish and organ meats.

                              My dogs are on a primal diet but i dont have the money to feed them grassfed/finished meats. So they get the feedlot meats which would make them sick eventually and cause inflammation in the joints (200 lbs mastiffs).
                              I bring their omega 6 back down by giving a few days of rest from muscle meats such as pork, beef and chicken and they will be fed Livers, Eggs and Fish.
                              I know you're not a dog, hahaah, but I'm sure the same principle goes for humans.

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