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Best selections from non-grassfed meats

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 27, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Grassfed beef is out of my reach in price. I try to eat as much fish as possible, but its far from my favorite, besides the types I really like are the pricier fish out there. I do supplement Omega 3s with fish oil, etc. Since I still love beef, chicken, turkey, and pork, what would be the best cuts of meat to consume on those categories respecively. I understand, that they are much too heavy in omega 6/9, but my question, mainly pertains to the amount of fat I should consume from non-grassfed meats. Basicaly, should I limit intake of "regular" meat fat (I know, the fact I have to put that type of meat in quotations is a crappy modern paradox), and if eating mostly lean meat, is fish oil supplementation, in addition to eating more vegetable fats sufficient to balance out the Omega 3/6/9 equation, and if so, what ratios,etc??

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on May 27, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Good point! 4% PUFA is also a good limit for the amount of PUFA in your total diet, so the meat is a great source of nutrition and you shouldn't really worry about overdoing the PUFA.

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on May 27, 2012
at 05:14 AM

play around with the macro ratio*

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 27, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables and pastured butter have some omega 3s. I don't worry about technical stuff like the macronutrient ratio. I just eat real foods. What are your goals--Weight loss or optimal health? I think you need to play around to see what makes YOU feel the best and achieve your goals.

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:53 AM

well basically, my question was geared toward me being advised that I should have at least 55%+ of my daily food intake be fat(another 35-40 protein , and the rest carb, if desired). If so, and if I'm eating lean meat, where else besides fish or fish oil do I go for the high omega3 intake I need, or am I confusing crap-free food with omega3 rich food?

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Thanks, Matt. I take i, supplementing with the fish oil should remain the case with me.

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:45 AM

So, Kasra, is it fair to say outside the fact beef is a little tougher to digest, its better than chicken/pork altogether?

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on May 27, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Note that I don't actually have any idea how fat is distributed across a cow - I just know that beef is generally lower in n6 than chicken+pork

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on May 27, 2012
at 02:09 AM

If you stick mostly to beef, you should be fine with just about any cut.

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on May 27, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Non-grass-fed beef isn't high in omega-6, it's simply low in omega-3, not that grass-fed beef is high on omega-3 to begin with. Grass-feeding has relatively little effect on beef composition, when you considered than beef, grassfed or not, is approximately 4% PUFA.

2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

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on May 27, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Good point! 4% PUFA is also a good limit for the amount of PUFA in your total diet, so the meat is a great source of nutrition and you shouldn't really worry about overdoing the PUFA.

0d892cb232c3c7d59699fd10c995595a

(809)

on May 27, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Thanks, Matt. I take i, supplementing with the fish oil should remain the case with me.

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92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

on May 27, 2012
at 03:13 AM

I can't afford grassfed cuts either. Try to find humanely raised beef. Local farmer's markets should have good quality meats for decent price (cheaper than any CAFO meats). Any cuts should be fine as long as it's not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones...You can keep their fats, or add pastured butter from grassfed cows.

If you can only afford CAFO meats, remove the fats and add in butter/tallow from grassfed cows. I wouldn't suggest eating the fats from CAFO meats. For the omega ratios, I eat oily fish twice a week. But I think it's more important to AVOID omega 6 intake from grains, vegetable oil, seeds and nuts.

Are you asking how much fat we should be consuming from these meat sources? The optimal amount of fat one needs is highly individual. But I think fats from humanely raised cows are fine to consume.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 27, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables and pastured butter have some omega 3s. I don't worry about technical stuff like the macronutrient ratio. I just eat real foods. What are your goals--Weight loss or optimal health? I think you need to play around to see what makes YOU feel the best and achieve your goals.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on May 27, 2012
at 05:14 AM

play around with the macro ratio*

0d892cb232c3c7d59699fd10c995595a

(809)

on May 27, 2012
at 04:53 AM

well basically, my question was geared toward me being advised that I should have at least 55%+ of my daily food intake be fat(another 35-40 protein , and the rest carb, if desired). If so, and if I'm eating lean meat, where else besides fish or fish oil do I go for the high omega3 intake I need, or am I confusing crap-free food with omega3 rich food?

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