About 150 years ago, farmers began feeding their herds substantial amounts of grain. The grass fed meats that our ancestors ate were considerably different nutritionally from most of the meat now consumed in America. Returning to a diet of pasture-raised meats will provide numerous valuable nutritional benefits.
Benefit 2: Ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for healthy diets. However, it’s the balance of those fatty acids that is most important. Omega-6s compete with omega-3s, which often impedes the development of omega-3s in the human body… and this can create an imbalance that can lead to health problems.
The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is between 1:1 and 2:1. The average American diet has a ratio of between 11:1 and 30:1. Grass fed meats can help balance diets toward the level that nutritionists consider desirable. According to Dr. Loren Cordain of Colorado State University, “The case for increasing omega-3 fatty in the US diet has broad and sweeping potential to improve human health. Specifically, omega-3 fatty acids and their balance with omega-6 fatty acids play an important role in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.”