Grain fed beef healthier, US meat biochemist claims

Grain fed beef, especially if the genetics are Asian in origin, is healthier for you than grass fed animals, according to studies conducted by Texas A&M University in the US over the past decade.

The studies have found that corn fed beef in a feedlot produced high levels of oleic acid, a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various animal, human and vegetable fats and oils such as avocados and other common food oils.

Oleic acid is a common monounsaturated omega 9 fat associated with decreased low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and possibly increased high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which it is claimed is healthier for you due to a lowering of the risk of cardiovascular disease. Continue reading