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.
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