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Omega 3 in Grass-fed Beef

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Created November 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Anyone know how many grams of o3 are in a cut of grass-fed ribeye? I'm trying to adjust my omega 3 intake from fish oil on days where I eat the steaks. I already adjust it when I eat fish.

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on November 17, 2011
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Each serving of fish oil is about 50c. To get the recommended daily dosage of 1.5G of DHA is about 2 servings. If I'm already getting enough o3, I can save a few bucks to go toward more steak.

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on November 15, 2011
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I'd wager 1 fish oil capsule dwarfs the amount of omega-3s in a ribeye, CAFO or grassfed.

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I'd wager 1 fish oil capsule dwarfs the amount of omega-3s in a ribeye, CAFO or grassfed.

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on November 15, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Why cut your fish oil intake on those days? It'd be pretty hard to overdose on omega 3.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:39 AM

The benefit of grass-fed beef is that the ratio of o3 to o6 is better, not that there's a lot of o3 (compared to oily fish). The WAPF folks say:

One of the claims made for grass-fed beef is that the fat from grass-fed animals is much richer in omega-3 fatty acids than the fat from animals that have spent many weeks in the feed lot. This notion has even led to programs entailing special feeding for beef cattle to raise the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their fat.

But this is one claim that should NOT be made for pasture-fed beef. Chickens raised on pasture or given special feed will have more omega-3 fatty acids in their skin and egg yolks than chickens fed exclusively grain, but ruminant animals like cattle are designed to produce saturated fats. No matter what they are fed, cattle will store about 7 percent of the various types of omega-3 fatty acids in their cell membranes and less than 1 percent of omega-3 fatty acids in their adipose tissue, that is, in the fat in and around their muscles.

But if you take NutritionData's claim that a ~8oz ribeye has 248mg of o3 and US Wellness claim that their grass-fed beef has "nearly 60% more" o3, you're in the ballpark of about 400mg.

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