Hello D.R.O members! This week we are featuring a very special vendor that offers organic and amazingly nutritious meats . Marview Farms, located in Arabi, GA, offers a variety of grass-fed meats such as, sheep, goat, pork, and beef. Marview Farms have been actively supplying neighboring communities with high quality, organic meats since 2013. Founder, Fernando Mendez Jr, uses a method of rotational grazing to raise his herd in a hormone and antibiotic free farm. Animals are raised free-range and without immune altering vaccinations, steroids, and insecticides. These methods have proven to produce happier and healthier animals. We here at Dirt Road Organics are proud to be offering these amazing products!
Lets talk a little bit more about this beef. Why is grass-fed beef healthier than conventionally fed beef? Grass-fed beef offers fewer calories and far less “bad” fats, trans fats, compared to the grain-fed cattle. There are roughly 100 less calories per 6 ounce cut of beef from a grass-fed cow. Both offer a decent amount of Omega 6’s while another very important “good” fat, Omega 3, is greatly diminished in the grain-fed cattle. Grass-fed beef offers anywhere from 2 to 4 times the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids than the compared beef. As discussed in a Bulletproof article here, Omega 3 fatty acids are an essential component of nerve tissues that modify how the body responds to stress and control many other metabolic processes. This is a vital nutrient that around 60% of the American population are deficient in. Meat and dairy products from grass-fed cows are the richest known source of two other types of good fats, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) as well as ALA benefits the cardiovascular system, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Grass-fed beef offers between 3 to 5 times more CLA’s than conventionally fed cows. These specific fatty acids are potent defenses against cancer and heart disease. A number of studies have been able to link an overall decline in heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in America, with the consumption of grass-fed animal products. (More information on these studies, can be found here)
In addition to omega 3’s, Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant with anti-aging properties, is found to be 4 times greater in grass-fed beef compared to grain-fed beef. Strangely enough, grass-fed beef also has 2 times more vitamin E than the grain-fed cattle that have been given vitamin E supplements. Grass-fed beef also contains more Vitamin A, beta-carotene found as pigments of plants, and micro nutrients such as, potassium, sodium, zinc, phosphorous, and iron consumed by cattle from grazing fresh grass.
Of course, the living conditions for the majority of the conventionally grain-fed cattle are an entirely different subject. However, this factor does influence the make-up of the meat we choose to consume. Having to be fed antibiotics on a regular basis to battle unsanitary living environment’s are definitely not along the lines of creating healthier meat. Although, even grain-fed red meat is still very nutritious. Check the link here for some more awesome info:)
Needless to say, the research is there. Proof that pasture-grazing cattle will not only supply you with greater amounts of nutrients and less of the harmful fats , but can potentially provide a higher level of protection of health in comparison to the alternative, grain-fed beef.