We all know that juicy grass-fed meat is a delicious meal for the whole family. However, you might not know that it carries huge health benefits for the older people in your family.
According to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, elderly Australians can experience health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.
Onset of such diseases can have a profound effect on an elderly individual’s quality of life, and be detrimental to both physical and mental health.
To combat such diseases, maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced nutritious diet is essential.
However, some foods are more beneficial than others when it comes to health.
Organic, grass-fed meat is known to be rich in beneficial dietary requirements such as omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA).
CLA has been found to alleviate the specific health problems of diabetes and some cancers, according to the Nutrition and Metabolism Journal.
Meat fed on pasture is a rich source of this healthy acid. In fact, it contains up to five times more CLA than grain-fed meat, the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association of the United Kingdom reports.
CLA is not the only thing delicious grass-fed meat has going for it. A 2006 study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found it contains the essential fatty acid omega-3 in significantly higher levels than grain-fed meat.
The Heart Foundation suggests omega-3 may decrease risk of heart disease, as well as improving cardiovascular health, which are particularly important benefits for the elderly.
Family members of ageing Australians can help their loved ones by encouraging them to eat foods rich in essential nutrients – and eating grass-fed beef and lamb is a great choice!