Health Benefits

 Health Benefits

 steak5Grass Fed Beef is lower in Fat & Calories – Switching to grass fed beef from conventional feedlot beef can save you 17,733 calories per year-without requiring any willpower or change in your eating habits.
Higher in Omega 3 – These are good fats that play a vital role in every cell in your body; essential for brain function too.
Higher in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)- Another good fat,a good defense against many types of cancer.
Higher in Vitamin A –The meat from grass fed animals has more Vitamin A than feedlot raised animals. Rather than taking a supplement that you would have to try to absorb, as your body rejects it by flushing it out of your system. Your body readily absorbs the Vitamin A that it retrieves from the delicious cuts of grass fed beef. Sometimes when you receive your grass fed beef in the spring, you will see the evidence of this in the yellow color of the fat. Now you will also know that the yellow color of the fat is actually good for you.
Higher in Vitamin E – The meat from grass fed cattle has been shown to be as much as four times higher in Vitamin E than feedlot cattle. This antioxidant is very important because it can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease. With grass fed beef the Vitamin E is readily absorbed, unlike some supplements that are just flushed out of the system.
newhall1No Antibiotics are Used – Cattle were not meant to eat a diet of grain; therefore they are given antibiotics in the feedlots to treat “subacute acidosis”.  After eating this type of meat for a period of time, your body becomes resistant to the bacteria that these medications were meant to treat.
No Growth Hormones or Steroids Used – We believe it is important for our cattle to grow at their own rate, as nature intended. Some grow faster than others and that’s okay, we watch them everyday to see that they are healthy and stress free. We choose not to go back to the conventional way of growing cattle. We feel that our family’s health and your health is worth much more than the extra pounds that some cancer causing growth hormone could produce.

Never Fed Animal By-Products – According to some studies, it has been shown that some conventional producers have done many things to further cut costs of feeding out cattle. Some producers have fed what is called “by-product feedstuff” such as restaurant garbage, stale bread, poultry feathers, and snack foods. According to Jo Robinson of Eat Wild it seems until 1997, U.S. cattle were also being fed meat that had been trimmed from other cattle, in effect turning “herbivores into carnivores”. This unnatural practice is believed to be the underlying cause of BSE or “mad cow” disease. We feed grass, plain and simple, just the way nature intended.

What’s Beneficial About Grass-Fed Beef

  • Recent studies have underscored the large difference in carotenoid content between grass-fed and conventionally fed beef. Grass-fed beef may contain more than twice the amount of beta-carotene and lutein that is present in conventionally fed beef. This relationship appears to hold true even if the cows have been fed silage during the winter months and pasture-feed only during the summer. In addition, some researchers have suggested that the yellowish color of fat in grass-fed beef is a good way to determine the extent to which the animals have been pasture-fed.
  • The cholesterol content of grass-fed beef has repeated been shown to be lower than the cholesterol content in beef from conventionally fed animals. The decrease in cholesterol that you are most likely to obtain when switching from conventionally fed to grass-fed beef is approximately 22–39%. Since a single 4-ounce serving of conventionally fed beef will typically provide you with 90 milligrams of cholesterol or more, and since the recommended limit from the American Heart Association is 300 milligrams per day (and only 200 milligrams if you are a person who has experienced heart disease or has an LDL cholesterol of 100 mg/dL or more), this 22-39% decrease in cholesterol from grass-fed beef could be very helpful to you in helping you keep your total cholesterol intake under the recommended limit.
  • You’ll find yourself getting 500-800 milligrams of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) from a 4-ounce serving of grass-fed beef. This amount is approximately two to three times greater than the amount found in non grass-fed beef. CLA is a fatty acid made from linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid commonly found in food. However, CLA is unique in its chemical structure, and this uniqueness is associated with an increasing list of health benefits, including immune and inflammatory system support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, reduced risk of heart attack, and maintenance of lean body mass. Grass-fed beef also contains greater amounts of vaccenic acid than conventionally fed beef. Various bacteria in our digestive tract are able to convert vaccenic acid into CLA once we’ve consumed grass-fed beef, and this process can further increase the practical amount of CLA that we receive from grass-fed animals.
  • The omega-3 fat content of grass-fed beef varies widely, due to the wide variety of forage crops that can be planted in pastures (or that grow on pastureland in the wild); the age, breed, and health of cows; and seasonal plant cycles in pastureland. Some recent studies show up to 3.5 grams of total omega-3 fats in 4 ounces of grass-fed beef. That level would provide you with 100% of the daily requirement. In other recent studies, total omega-3s in grass-fed beef only reached 1 gram. Still, a single gram of omega-3s could make an important contribution to a person’s health. Most of the omega-3 content of grass-fed beef comes in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. However, grass-fed beef also typically contains small-to-moderate amounts of other omega-3s, including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The range we’ve seen in recent studies is 20-720 milligrams for EPA, and 10-120 milligrams for DHA. In all cases described above, grass-fed beef contained greater amounts of omega-3s (for ALA, EPA, and DHA) than conventionally fed beef.

    Templeton Hills Beef only ships to California, Arizona and Nevada – “Handling” is the cost of the insulated shipping cooler, while shipping rates are applied to each order by the pound. Please call us at : (805)237-8114 with any questions or comments.
    *Leaner meats cook faster, we recommend cutting your cooking times by 40%-50%.