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2.23.18 - Nutrition: Benefits of Grass-Fed Meats

Posted by Ziwi Pets

Here’s a brief look at some of the reasons behind Ziwi’s commitment to source grass-fed and finished meats from local New Zealand farms for our recipes:

In many parts of the world, animals are raised in crowded feedlots, on grain-based commercial feeds, and are given hormones and low doses of antibiotics to speed weight gain.  New Zealand’s temperate climate allows livestock to graze outdoors in grass pastures, all year long. Raising livestock this way is more expensive and takes longer, but the meat produced from grass-fed and finished animals offer many nutritional benefits, including:

  • Lower fat levels
  • More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids 
  • More conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) 
  • More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E 

Grass-fed and finished meats have lower levels of saturated-fat – up to one-half the amount of grain-fed meat. For example, grass-fed beef is comparable in fat content to skinless chicken or wild elk and is lower in calories than its grain-fed counterpart: 6 oz of grass-fed beef has 100 fewer calories than the same amount of grain-fed beef.  

Grass-fed contains more omega-3 fatty acids. These heart-healthy fats are known to have anti-inflammatory benefits, which can be especially helpful for older pets experiencing joint pain and arthritis. Omega-3s can also be beneficial in protecting against life-threatening kidney and heart diseases, as well as cancer.  

Grass-fed meat is also one of the richest-known sources of another type of good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. Meat from animals raised on fresh pasture alone contains as much as five times more CLA than grain-fed meat. Even in the small quantities, CLA can significantly reduce tumor growth. 

Vitamin E is also significantly higher in grass-fed meats.  In humans, vitamin E is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties.

 

Sources:

Chris Warren "Are omega fatty acids important in dog food?" 27 October 2011. HowStuffWorks.com https://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/omega-fatty-acids-dog-food.htm> 23 February 2018

https://www.superfoodly.com/best-foods-high-in-cla-25-natural-sources/

http://petsnacks.com.au/5-essential-nutrients-to-boost-your-dogs-health/ 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/grass-fed-vs-grain-fed-beef#section5

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/12/feedlots-vs-pastures-two-very-different-ways-to-fatten-beef-cattle/250543/

http://www.sustainabletable.org/258/hormones

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