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Can eating only grass fed beef and pork change your health?

Asked by Aster (19949points) March 13th, 2017

My stepson has a friend who raises grass fed cows and a lady who raises grass fed pigs. He now buys all his meat from them. He has three sons each over six feet tall and says they really eat a lot of meat. Now he has found a local dairy that delivers organic milk to his doorstep. He buys ¼ of a cow, has it cut to order and puts it in their new freezer.
Would you suspect that eating this way would benefit the health of his family quite a bit ? They were healthy before he thought of doing this.

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Zaku's avatar

Yes, I would. Healthier meat. Fewer chemicals. Better conscience and karma. Less risk of nasty industrial farming diseases.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Processed meat and dairy is filled with hormones and antibiotics. I buy local grass fed beef and I can taste the difference. It’s probably healthier. I would want my milk pasteurized though.

Strauss's avatar

I believe that the closer we can get to the source of our food, the healthier it is all around. A higher percentage of the cost goes directly to the producer; the carbon footprint of locally produced food is much lower; grass fed meats and milk are far less likely to pass on toxins and questions produced by GMO’s, hormones, antibiotics, or any other additives.

Sneki95's avatar

If they’re healthy and satisfied, who are we to judge?

Though pigs are omnivores, not sure how much does vegan diet suit them.

As for me personally, I’m not much interested in meat anyways. I wouldn’t mind eating it if I could get it.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The grass can still be sprayed with pesticides and herbicides which will contaminate the meat.

The animals can still be pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.

zenvelo's avatar

“Grass fed Pork” is false labeling. Pigs don’t eat grass. There is pasture-raised pork, but they are fed grains out on the pasture.

Grass fed beef and pasture raised pro are generally healthier and raised without antibiotics. That in turn is healthier to consume. But that is something the farmer has to attest to.

Soubresaut's avatar

Also, the diets of the livestock change the nutritional composition of their meat.

For beef, grass-fed cattle means notably higher levels of beta-carotene, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids in the meat—a more detailed explanation here—when compared to cattle fed the “conventional” feed of different grains and soy and apparently reject SkittlesI find it weird that that we consider a grain-and-soy based diet “conventional” when grasses are the only things a cow is supposed to eat… But, feeding cattle grasses and hays is more expensive, so there’s that.

Sneki beat me too it—pigs are omnivores, so they would likely need more than grass. Quick check online, and sites say that in the wild pigs forage for leaves, roots, fruits, bugs, etc. I would be surprised if that diet didn’t improve the nutritional value of pork—those foods are all more nutrient-dense and have higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-and-soy diet, similar to the diet for cattle.

Research also suggests that eggs from pasture-raised hens is also healthier. See here. The hens get to forage for plants like clover, and—although I didn’t see it mentioned in that article (admittedly, I skimmed it, trying to beat 10 minute edit window), hens on pasture will eat insects and grubs out of the earth, further boosting things like omega-3 in the egg. But again, the product will be more expensive.

Cruiser's avatar

Yes and without question. We cut out hormone laced milk, meats, eggs 4 years ago, less allergies, less stuffy noses, less bloat and less migranes and hopefully less cancers.

“Higher blood levels of IGF (regardless of what causes them) have been associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate, and other cancers in humans. In a 2004 study, patients with above-average IGF levels had nearly a 50% higher risk of prostate cancer and a 65% higher risk of hormone-dependent premenopausal breast cancer than people with below-average levels.”

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

When possible, I buy grass-fed beef. I believe the animals are healthier and under less stress. That affects the meat they produce.

Coloma's avatar

Sure, but eating less meat of any kind would be the best health benefit.

Coloma's avatar

Grass is the natural feed for cattle. Corn and other grains only adds more fat.

kritiper's avatar

What @Zaku said in the first post was right on. But if you’ve never had that kind of food, you don’t know what you’re missing.
My grandfather told me once that I didn’t know how good meat could taste because all I had ever had was the crap they sell in the stores.
We raised three pigs once years ago and the meat was exquisite! Hams that were so juicy and tender that Mom couldn’t keep me out of the fridge if there was a ham in there. And the pork roasts! Absolute HEAVEN!!! I could eat it for dessert, it was so good. (As good as moose, in fact.) DELICIOUS!!!
No wonder this person you mention wants such good meat and dairy products. I would, too.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@kritiper, bacon in Australia has no taste. A few years ago we went to stay in some cottages and for breakfast they fed us pasture-raised pork (bacon) for breakfast and oh my god! It was like heaven on a plate. The flavour was amazing. Sadly, I haven’t found that since. I keep looking. I found some organic pork the other day, but it wasn’t quite the same. Finding pasture-raised pork isn’t easy here for some reason.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

There is a supplier in a town nearby that still does bacon “the old way” in an actual smokehouse and it’s incredible. Now I don’t want bacon unless it is from them.

kritiper's avatar

@Earthbound_Misfit Australia is too great for tasteless bacon. My most sincere condolences.

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