Is the Fat in Grass-Fed Beef Better for You?

Q: Is there any research showing that the fat from grass fed cows is not as bad for you as the commercially raised cows? And if so, how bad is the fat from the “green” cows?

A: Saturated fats are the culprits that make beef cautionary for those concerned about their heart health. While both grass- and grain-fed beef contain these harmful fats, studies do show that saturated fat is more abundant in grain-fed beef than grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef is also higher in the important omega-3 fatty acids–up to six times higher.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

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22 comments

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

Interesting :D

Berny P.
Berny p.4 years ago

fat is not all good!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jerry t.
Jerold t.5 years ago

Cows are dumb, Buffalo are smart, eat smart.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Interesting, thanks.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Mary L.
Mary L.5 years ago

Thank you. I appreciate the information.

Marilyn D.
5 years ago

I'm surprised at the comments saying that any fat is bad for you...when in reality, you need some fat to feed your brain!

Marilyn D.
5 years ago

There would be no E.coli if cattle were not fed corn...which is NOT their natural diet.

We eat extremely little beef, but when we do it's grass-fed organically raised beef.

Fast food beef is treated with ammonia...as is school lunch beef.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/us/31meat.html?_r=2

Marie Noelle Cyr
Marie Noelle Cyr6 years ago

Grass fed is better. Grass is what cows are supposed to eat.