Grass-fed beef is commonly marketed as a healthier type of beef, but what makes it that way? Omega-3 fatty acids are a part of that equation, as they are essential nutrients that have a big impact on your health. These fats are known as “healthy fats,” while conventional beef contains higher levels of saturated fats, also known as the “bad fats” that should be consumed in moderation. We’ll share more in today’s blog about the science behind nutrition and what makes beef from Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch so great. Visit our blog for recipes to get started.
Saturated vs. Unsaturated
Fatty acids can be broken down into two types: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are present in higher levels in conventional, grain-fed beef. Unsaturated fats can be broken down into polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, terms you might recognize from nutrition labels. Omega-3 fatty acids, present in grass-fed beef, are polyunsaturated fats. Want to learn more about organic vs. grass-fed beef? Check out this blog post.
The Effects of Saturated Fats
Consuming too many saturated fats in your diet, like the ones that come from grain-fed beef, can lead to higher cholesterol and a higher risk of stroke or heart disease. While you have to worry about significantly moderating or avoiding the use of saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, can actually have a good impact on your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet.
Studies have found that grass-fed beef is several times higher in omega-3 fatty acids content than its grain-fed counterpart. Omega-3 fatty acids can help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. Omega-3s exist in high concentrations in your brain and eyes, and provide support for daily cell function and structure to the cell membrane. The fat content of grass-fed beef can be compared to that of eating skinless chicken.
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