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Bone marrow from grain fed cows is it safe?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I love bone marrow, but I find it much easier to get it from grain-fed cows, do you think it is safe and good to eat? Do I only lose some nutrients, or am I actually taking in some toxins with the marrow?

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on July 30, 2011
at 10:13 PM

not a problem :)

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on July 25, 2011
at 09:18 PM

thank you alicia

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on July 25, 2011
at 02:22 PM

My opinion is no in a big way. If you eat a lot of grain fed beef muscle you need to get an omega six three ratio hs crp and vitamin d level. That will makemyou realize how important it is. This isma great way to get hypothyroidism too.

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on January 28, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Food inc. only applies to the US. I don't think it's that bad choosing marrowbone from a good farmer (no hormones etc.), even when it's partly grain-fed.

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on January 28, 2011
at 05:50 PM

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on January 29, 2011
at 07:37 AM

I'd eat them. Don Matesz did a great series of posts on conventionally raised beef. The last one of which looked at O6 vs. O3.

The long and short of it is all cattle are raised on grass. Grass is the source of O3. The difference with feedlot cattle is that they are finished on grain. Without grass in their diet, the O3 appears to get "used up" leaving a relatively higher O6 ratio. However, the total amount of O6 does not increase, simply the ratio goes up from the denominator, the O3, dropping.

Finally, and in my opinion most important, the amount of O6 in conventional beef is miniscule -- as in an order of magnitude less -- in comparison to typical plant sources and poultry. If you let peanut butter or any kind of nuts or chicken pass your lips, I'd not worry about conventional vs. grass-fed beef. Be sure to get some fish in your diet and call it good.

Oh, and if it's toxins you are worried about, rather than fatty acids, Don covered those in his second post.

And heck, for completeness sake, here's his first post, on hormones.

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on January 29, 2011
at 09:05 PM

Compared to cereal grains, legumes, vegetable seed oils, and refined sugars particularly fructose... anything from conventionally raised beef is far healthier!

Granted, it is not as healthy as grass-fed, but make no mistake, conventional grain-fed beef is NOT one of the primary neolithic agents of disease!!

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on January 29, 2011
at 01:12 AM

I say go for it. I have no problem with eating grain finished beef once in a while. It would be a shame to miss out on the occasional treat of marrow just because you can't reliably get a grass fed source.

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on January 28, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I would say avoid if not from grass-fed cows. It is my understanding that the toxins from grain fed are stored in the fat, and would also be stored in the marrow. So when people recommend cutting off the fat or using leaner meats if you must eat grain fed meats, the same logic would apply for the marrow.

Whole foods has grass fed marrow bones at the butcher for dirt cheap. They have never not had them when I asked for them.

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on July 25, 2011
at 02:03 PM

The Whole Foods here only has organic marrow bones but I agree with Todd. Toxins and pesticides the cow probably would have eaten in its diet or come in contact with are stored in the fat. Also lets not forget most CAFO cows are eating grains and corn that are genetically modified.

If you cant get grass fed marrow I say your next best bet is organic. I do organic marrow occasionally since its still not ideal but at least your avoiding the icky stuff lime GMOS and pesticides.

My opinion is the higher up in fat a product is the greater the lengths I will go to assure its clean. Marrow, butter, dairy, organ meats I spend money on. Muscle meats I spend less and trim.

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on July 25, 2011
at 09:18 PM

thank you alicia

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on July 30, 2011
at 10:13 PM

not a problem :)

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