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The New Effects of Flax-Fed Beef

By Christopher Stewart | May 22, 2013

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Photo: Alisha V.

It’s hard to keep up with today’s food trends, fads, diets, and constant chef news. New topics are coming up everyday about the foods we consume and it’s hard to keep up. Staying healthy is another important topic of conversation and the foods we consume all play a part in this ongoing conversation. Beef has been a “hot button” topic of conversation for some years now, everyone from the NYTimes to vegetarians are talking about whether beef is a good choice. Jim Drouillard, professor of animal science and industry at Kansas State University believes that everyone can benefit from the health food flaxseed, even cows.

Flax seeds, which have high levels of fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids help protect against Alzheimers, heart disease and cancer, and with his experiment going over 10 years, beef producing cattle can also benefit from the Omega 3. Experiments show that 5 months before slaughter, cows that were feed flax seed in their feed had reduced inflammation, the need for antibiotics and an offset of negative effects from a corn feed diet according to a recent article from NPR.org food blog, The Salt. 

Omega 3 is found in salmon, tuna, and walnuts just to name a few but with fish and nut allergies and  the like, beef maybe the better option for consuming flax seed. The flax feed cows have benefits beyond the pastures. The cows are healthier and there is minimal-to-no need for harmful antibiotics which is also causing a debate in the foods that we consume, all the while adding Omega 3 and fiber to the consumer diet. Although now widely available to all markets, the news of flax-fed cows has spread to Europe and diners and animal researcher alike are welcoming flaxseed with open arms.

Do you think flax feed cows will make for better and healthier beef consumption? 

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