We've all heard that you are what you eat, and for carnivores you are what your meat has eaten....
The following study from Newcastle University has confirmed that animals fed on a pasture/grass only diets produce meat of a higher nutritional value than animals fed cereals or even animals finished for a short while on cereals.
This is quite a landmark point and shows compelling evidence of the extra benefit if cattle are fed 100% forage diets throughout their life.
The key highlights from the report are listed as
•Certified grass-fed beef needs to be recognised as a ‘source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids’.
•With respect to our health, beef fat composition is inversely related to intensity of its production.
•Cattle grazing to enhance biodiversity also offer a ‘public-good’ with high-quality meat.
One of the exciting areas is around the abundance of long chain omega 3 fatty acids. We are all told we need more of these so its great that our grass fed beef is a reliable alternative source to fish.
Also I learnt that its not necessarily about eating more of the visible fat - the cell membranes is where alot of the amazing nutrients are so even if you prefer leaner cuts you can still potentially gain the benefits.
One thing I have to say is that I havent yet had my own beef tested - I have no reason to believe that my beef will analyse any different to those grass fed farms in the study, but can't specifically make claims of my specific meat until I have the science. Its proving tricky to get the analysis done but hopefully soon!
The eye muscle of one of our quarters - we want some marbling but are not obsessed with it.