What is “Grass-Fed”?
When we eat animal products that have been fed on grass, we can achieve optimum health. Animals that eat lots of grass are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. When animals are fed exclusively on grains, as nearly all our commercial meat, dairy and poultry animals now are, they are unnaturally high in Omega-6’s.
What are Omega-3’s?Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s are the two “families” of the Essential Fatty Acids. Essential Fatty Acids are substances that influence many, many biological processes concerning fat-soluble substances in the body.
The Omega-3's and -6's should be in approximate balance in our bodies --- equal quantities of both. But since we consume such a high proportion of grain-fed animal products, virtually everyone has waaaaayyyy more Omega-6's than Omega-3's in their body: something like 10 to 20 times more. This is the condition where degenerative diseases are produced.
When the Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s are in near-equal balance in our bodies, degenrative disease disappears. Just one example: “Good” cholesterol goes up, and “bad” cholesterol goes down, when Omega-3’s and –6’s are balanced.
One study showed that adding two Omega-3-rich eggs to the diet daily caused the “good” cholesterol to go up, and the “bad” cholesterol to go down within 18 days. (See www.eatwild.com for a full discussion.) Doctors now are recommending that their heart-surgery patients eat buffalo, and other grass-fed animal products.
Omega-3 fatty acids are formed from the fat in green grass, and in other green living plants. Plankton, occurring throughout the oceans of the world, is the “grass of the sea.” Because virtually all ocean life is based on plankton, or on other sea-life that eats plankton, all sea foods are high in Omega-3’s. Since Omega-3’s are fats, the fattier the fish, the more Omega-3’s it usually has.