U.S. Wellness Meats Nutrition
Fats get a bad reputation, but the truth is there are good fats and bad fats. And omega-3s are really good fats.
These fatty acids, which are essential for human growth and development, are most often associated with coldwater fish and certain fruits and vegetables, but they also occur in abundance in U.S. Wellness Meats' forage-fed beef. Our meat is a rich source of this healthy fat because our animals spend their lives eating the green forage plants that are naturally rich in omega-3s themselves. Just by eating their natural diet, our cattle absorb these valuable fats and then pass the nutrition on to you. The result is beef that has nearly 60% more omega-3s than beef from cows that have been raised on a low-omega-3 grain diet.
CLA may not be a household term, but here at U.S. Wellness Meats we've become pretty obsessed with it. That's because recent studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid, CLA for short, can have a powerful effect on our health.
In separate studies, scientists have shown that CLA can lower an individual's risk for cancer and arteriosclerosis (clogged arteries), as well as reduce body fat and delay the onset of diabetes.
For Americans, beef and dairy fat are the best sources of CLA, but research has shown that an all-grass diet can significantly increase the level of CLA in beef and dairy. Because green plants are rich in the linoleic acid necessary to produce to CLA, grass-fed animals typically produce two to four times the CLA of their grain-fed counterparts.
CLA has become so valued for its health benefits that many health food stores sell CLA supplements, but naturally-occurring CLA is metabolized more effectively and used better by the body than these synthetic supplements, which are prone to oxidation during shelf-life.
All of this makes U.S. Wellness Meats beef one of the best sources of CLA available.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin A is essential to proper nutrition, a key to healthy vision and bone growth as well as an essential antioxidant. Our most common source of Vitamin A is the beta-carotene that occurs naturally in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables and is converted into Vitamin A by our bodies. But forage-fed beef is an additional source of the vital nutrient. Cattle that are raised on grass consume significantly larger amounts of beta-carotene than do those raised on grain, and the result is meat that is a valuable source of Vitamin A.
- Vitamin E
- Another essential antioxidant that is linked to a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, Vitamin E also occurs in larger amounts in U.S. Wellness Meats grass-fed beef than in grain-fed beef.
Because U.S. Wellness Meats cattle are raised and finished in their natural environment, eating their natural diet, their four-chain stomach operates at a healthy level of pH 7. In contrast, grain-fed cattle have a very high stomach acidity of pH 4, brought on by their unnatural, high-starch diets. Thanks to their healthy diet, forage-raised cattle have high amounts of healthy fats, like omega-3s and CLA, and minimal amounts of the unhealthy omega-6 fats that have come to be associated with beef.
As Americans have grown accustomed to grain-fed beef as the norm, they have come to associate the fattiness of grain-fed animals with tender and tasty meat, but we know better! Because fats occur in proper ratio in our grass-fed cattle, U.S. Wellness Meats is both lower in overall fat and more flavorful.
The real difference is that you'll need to get used to cooking your meat at lower temperatures. Where grain-fed beef cooking is all about using high heat to break down fat, grass-fed beef cooking depends on lower temperatures to gently coax the flavor out of the meat.
And even better, it's good for you!
We feed our families with the same U.S. Wellness Meats we sell on our site, so you can be sure that we are absolutely committed to the highest standards of quality and safety.
We never use pesticides or herbicides on the pastures where our cattle graze.
We don't use additives or preservatives of any kind.
We never give growth hormones or feed-grade antibiotics to our animals. When essential, we might nurse an individual animal through a calf illness with antibiotics, but we treat this as something we don't employ lightly. In those rare cases in which we do use antibiotics, our animals must go through an extended withdrawal time that is twice the industry standard. Older animals that require antibiotics are simply removed from the U.S. Wellness Meats program.
We graze our animals on a careful rotating schedule so that they are always eating the freshest, lushest forage plants. This is also good for the land, since it ensures all forage plants 30 days of rest between grazings.
We ensure that our animals always drink only clean, pure water.
We are dedicated to humane, free-range, stress-free animals.