The health benefits of grass fed
Our grass fed outdoor reared meat is sourced from animals that have been reared on small, family-run Dorset and Wiltshire farms and on lush, natural pastures. Eating meat from animals that themselves have only eaten a natural diet of grass, wildflowers, clovers and legumes, rich in essential vitamins and minerals and untainted by chemicals and pesticides, makes a whole lot of sense. It’s a healthy choice to make.
We believe strongly that small-scale farming is better for the farmer, the animal, the local ecology, and for you – producing exceptionally tasting, ethically reared meat that you can trust completely.
Perversely, we would advocate eating less meat, but when we do, we need to ensure it’s of the highest quality and is produced in a way that respects nature, the environment and the animal.
But are there real, tangible health benefits from eating grass fed, ethically reared meat?
A lot gets written and talked about when it comes to making nutritional or sustainability claims about food production. Farming is as old as the hills but the way in which our food has been produced changed dramatically with the advent of mechanised, industrial farming on a large-scale. That has brought some pretty adverse consequences to our environment and wildlife and, most likely, our health.
Put simply, eating 100% grass-fed (or pasture fed), outdoor-reared, free range meat, poultry and game is better for us, the animals and helps to support a more biodiverse, natural, ecology.
Most would agree that we are what we eat.
Reputable studies have shown that grass-fed beef (as opposed to grain-fed) has a better ratio of Omega 3(the good fat found in oily fish) to Omega 6, is high in antioxidants such as vitamin E and contains higher vitamin and mineral levels. Medical practitioners and dieticians suggest that Omega 3 helps to lower blood pressure and assist with depression.
Grass fed meat would appear to have more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
Grass fed meat is high in antioxidants such as vitamin E and contains higher vitamin and mineral levels that help the immune system. Grain-fed animals that have shorter lives and rushed to finish convert the carbohydrate to sugar and fat. Which is not good for us.
100% grass-fed animals that are reared in a natural, outdoor environment surrounded by bugs and germs develop better immune systems and, because they are free to roam and therefore work their muscles more, produce less saturated fat. Which is, in turn, good for us. There are plenty of antioxidants to take advantage of too. Our meat is full of carotenoids such as beta-carotene which are sourced from the pigments in the greens that the animals eat.
Livestock, be they cattle, pigs or chickens that are crowded into pens and never see sunlight, are more susceptible to disease that requires antibiotic intervention. This natural, biodiverse environment that supports grass-fed animals is alive with hedge and ground-nesting birds and small mammals seeking cover from predatory birds, the rich wildflowers and clovers providing a wonderful habitat for an array of insects.
If you live locally (in Poole or Bournemouth, or within 30 miles of our offices in Child Okeford) and would rather pick up your order from us yourself, you can select the “Click and Collect” option at checkout. You will then be able to select the time at which you want to make your collection.
The service is free so you will save on the cost of delivery.