We’ve come to associate omega-3 fatty acids with seafood, flaxseeds, and supplements, but back in the day they were also found in our meat, eggs, and dairy. Unfortunately, as animals have been taken off of the omega-3 rich grass, instead jammed into feedlots and fed a diet of grains and other nutritionally-lacking fillers, their supply of omega-3 fatty acids has diminished. This includes not only meat but eggs and dairy products as well.
Grass-fed meat, dairy and eggs remain a rich source of the highly beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, while also being highly nutritionally abundant all around. Besides increased omega-3s – as much as 10 times more than factory/feedlot ainimals – grass-fed food is lower in fat and calories than grain-fed, and richer in vitamins and nutrients including:
- Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
- Vitamins A, D, E and K
- B-Vitamins Thiamin and Riboflavin
- Minerals Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium
Furthermore, research shows that lean grass-fed beef actually lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol levels
Other benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in grass-fed foods are that they may reduce the risk of cancer, even slowing the growth of many types of cancers. Diets rich in omega-3s have also been linked with decreased incidence of depression, Alzheimer’s, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, high blood pressure, cancer, irregular heartbeat and more.