We looked at the issue with E-Coli in corn-fed beef in our last blog post on What's Wrong With A Corn Based Diet. Today we will examine the difference in the amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and why it's important.
When a cow has been fed a diet based on corn, the quality of the beef changes drastically. The balance of Omega-3 fatty acids to Omega-6 fatty acids should be a ratio around 1:1, not more than 1:5. When a cow is fed strictly grass it's entire life, the ratio is of fats is exactly where it should be. However, when a cow is fed a corn-based diet, the cow has 15%-50% less Omega-3 fatty acids in their meat than a grass-fed cow. The graph below shows the impact the cow's diet has on the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids found in the beef. This is another reason why your beef should be grass-fed and GRASS-FINISHED (meaning the cow ate only grass it's entire life and no corn).
Why are Omega-3 fatty acids important? Because they help fight against cardiovascular problems, including heart disease. Studies on Omega-6 has shown to be the cause of cardiovascular problems. Most Americans consume too many Omega-6 fatty acids and not enough Omega-3. Grass-fed meats are a key way for people to consume Omega-3 fatty acids. Are you Omega-3 deficient?