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Omega-3 Rich Pasture-raised California Lamb

While many fish, pound for pound, are the best source of the healthiest omega-3s, any animal that eats grass has also omega-3s. In particular, meat from pasture-fed lambs contains relatively high amounts of both EPA and DHA, while meat from pasture-fed cattle contains good amounts of both EPA and DHA.

Being a non-American industry, lamb is almost entirely pasture-raised, and thus has decent amounts of omega-3. 100% free-range lamb from Australia and New Zealand are all-natural, grass-fed, pasture-raised and free of artificial additives and hormone growth promotants—a pure product of its pure environment. We found a herd of such happy animals grassing at Lake Mathews, not very far away from where we live in the Inland Empire, Southern California. We also discovered a number of farms which sell dairy products, lamb and eggs, all free range. We are in heaven.

The reason why industrially raised beef, chicken, and pork are so devoid of omega-3 is because these animals are fed with a corn based factory diet. Corn is a very poor source of omega-3s. Corn oil, for example, has an omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio of about 45 to 1. As a result of an unnatural lot-feed diet of cheap corn, industrially raised cows have very little omega-3s in their milk, cheese or meat.

Milk, cheese, whole fat Turkish yogurt and meat from grass-fed lamb, cattle, and free range eggs are nowadays common, particularly at farmers’ markets. Chickens permitted to scratch for grass, seeds and insects produce eggs rich in DHA and contain some amount of both EPA. Some grass-feed cattle have up to 1-to-1 omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio.

 

 

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