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Grain fed beef and Fish oil suppliments

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Hi Everyone,

Im pretty new to the paleo thing. Im easing into it adding a paleo meal to my diet every three days as was suggested by a buddy at a crossfit box. Im a recently graduated college student making very little money so im finding it difficult to buy grass-fed beef right now. Would it be ok to buy regular grain fed beef and add omega-3/fish oil supplements to my diet? Im just trying to figure out cheaper ways for this diet until I can find a solid job.

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on January 14, 2013
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Well Matt, I do my homework, and have been researching nutrition for 20 years. Do I think I'm getting great omega-3 supplementation doing this? No. That's just not in beef. Do I think I'm getting a better quality fat, not to mention a better taste, for very little money? Yes. If you have some research to share illuminating why you think this is a bad idea, do please share.

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on January 13, 2013
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Do your homework, you're really wasting your time/money with replacing fats.

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on January 13, 2013
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I wouldn't take any fish oil supplements. Grain fed v. grassfed beef has very little difference in n-3 content. Just eat the ruminants you can afford you can afford and eat some fish. Reduce poultry (a significant source of n6) and eliminate all vegetable/seed oils except for real olive oil (see truthinoliveoil.com for sources), coconut oil, avocado oil and maybe some high oleic sunflower oil to make mayo.

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on January 13, 2013
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I think if you stick with lower fat non-grassfed meats and supplement with O3 you should be good. Use krill oil as it is much lower in mercury. If you can work some decent seafood into your diet it will help. If you stick to just meat, frozen veggies and frozen fruit like blueberries you should be able to save quite a bit of money. Work towards adding higher quality meats when you can, but don't let it stop you from doing the best you can.

Working you way into it is good advice for some people but others need to just go strict right off the bat. You will find what works for you but don't be afraid to experiment (and fail occasionally, it is how we learn).

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on January 13, 2013
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If you're consuming whole foods, don't get hung up on omega ratios! Whole food omega-6s aren't the same as refined oil omega-6s. There's just so much good packaged with those omega-6s that they are't necessarily detrimental.

Beef, grain or grass-fed, is low in PUFA. It doesn't really matter what the cow was fed, either way you're not getting a large amount of PUFA from beef fat. The majority of PUFA is still omega-6, not omega-3. What little omega-3 is present largely isn't DHA/EPA, but ALA, the same lipid found in plant sources of omega-3s.

In conclusion: Beef is not a good source of long-chain omega-3 PUFAs like DHA and EPA.

Not to say you cannot supplement with fish oil. If you're not consuming at least some fatty marine fish on a regular basis, it's probably a good idea to supplement a bit. I personally also supplement strategically based on my own experiences with a high dose of fish oil: better skin, better digestion, better metabolism, better overall feeling of well-being.

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on January 13, 2013
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I'm feeding 4 hungry kids, so the food budget applies here too. We eat a lot of ground beef. I don't even like grass-fed ground beef, instead preferring the ground round or chuck at my grocery store.

Here's our trick:

I cook the ground beef, and drain all the fat.

Then I add in 1 Tbsp (per lb) of grassfed beef Tallow, found here:

http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=878 (I see they are temp out of stock - it will be back in stock soon.)

Take out their crappy fat, put in my omega-3 fat. It is DELICIOUS. And the tub of tallow lasts forever (I buy it about every 6 months to a year). I also like being able to control the fat content.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 13, 2013
at 10:13 PM

Do your homework, you're really wasting your time/money with replacing fats.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on January 14, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Well Matt, I do my homework, and have been researching nutrition for 20 years. Do I think I'm getting great omega-3 supplementation doing this? No. That's just not in beef. Do I think I'm getting a better quality fat, not to mention a better taste, for very little money? Yes. If you have some research to share illuminating why you think this is a bad idea, do please share.

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