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Would feeding flax to cows make their meat full of omega-3s?

Answered on April 03, 2013
Created April 03, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I just saw this beef product in my local grocery store - GreatO 80/20 Ground Beef - http://www.nbo3.com/.

At first glance I figured they were marketing grass-fed beef a different way (cool), but when I read the fine print it said nothing about animal living conditions and instead described the "flax seed diet" given to their cows.

I know flax seed is given to chicken to add more ALA O3 to eggs, but has any one ever heard of feeding flax to cows for this purpose?

Also, is anyone else totally creeped out by this??

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on April 03, 2013
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Cows don't have much in terms of DHA/EPA, they're terrible converted as are humans. Most of their omeag3s are in fact ALA. Cows also are perfectly capable of digesting grains, but like humans, when the diet is significantly off of what nature intended, negative consequences result.

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works for chickens

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on April 03, 2013
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Makes sense to me. A more concentrated source of omega-3s than grass even.

Also seems to benefit the cow to some degree. Just as omega-3s tend to decrease inflammation in humans, the same occurs in cattle. They don't get as sick as often, and when they do, they recover faster.

A little flax in a cattle ration supplementing hay/grass sounds good. Probably a little pricey though.

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on April 03, 2013
at 06:47 PM

Short answer, no.

Eggs are much different than meat in that meat is not a cow biproduct, it is a cow.

Also, Im kinda creeped out, yes.

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on April 03, 2013
at 06:11 PM

When cows are fed grass there meat is high in Omega 3s anyway, so feeding them flaxseed would not be anymore beneficial. Since the cows are not meant to digest flaxseed, it would be harmful to them, just like feeding them grains.

Also, ALA omega 3s are not even the best kind for our bodies, so grassfed cows produce a better omega 3 naturally!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 03, 2013
at 07:10 PM

Cows don't have much in terms of DHA/EPA, they're terrible converted as are humans. Most of their omeag3s are in fact ALA. Cows also are perfectly capable of digesting grains, but like humans, when the diet is significantly off of what nature intended, negative consequences result.

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