Get Ya Teeth Into Some Grass Fed Beef

Following on from a previous post that looked at the difference between grass and grain fed MILK, I decided to see if the health promoting benefits of grass fed milk transferred to grass fed BEEF too!

So is ‘grass fed’ the way to go every time?

Research by Daley, Abbott, Doyle, Nader and Larson, (2010) looked collectively at research spanning 3 decades and found that gram for gram, grass fed beef was seen to favourably increase C18:0 cholesterol neutral saturated fatty acids (cholesterol lowering SFA’s) relative to C14:0 & C16:0 cholesterol (cholesterol elevating SFA’s). Their findings also found grass fed beef to be higher in C18:2, or CLA isomers, Trans-vaccenic acid (pre-cursor of CLA), and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 FA’s) which improves the ratio of n-3 : n-6 ratio (omega 3 : omega 6 ratio).

Grass fed beef was also found to be higher in precursors to vitamin A and E and other antioxidants when compared to commercially (grain) fed cattle. Overall, grass fed beef is leaner and thus lower in total fat, making it a healthful option for those aiming to optimise health and longevity.


Daley, C, A., Abbott, A., Doyle, P, S., Nader, G, A and Larson, S. (2010). A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef. Nutrition Journal. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-9-10. Retrieved 12th July, 2013, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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