June 14, 2010

Grass-fed beef may not have as many healthful traits as some perceive, concludes a Texas AgriLife Research study.

Stephen Smith, an AgriLife Research meat scientist, and a team of researchers found that contrary to popular perception, ground beef from pasture-fed cattle had no beneficial effects on plasma lipid. However, high monounsaturated fat ground beef from grain-fed cattle increased HDL cholesterol, increased LDL particle diameters, and decreased insulin, suggesting that ground beef produced by intensive production practices provides “a healthful, high-quality source of protein.”

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