Weed it and Reap (the Benefits of Grass-fed Lamb!)
September 7, 2023
Here are the benefits and reasons why lamb is healthier.
Lamb is often considered easier to digest than some other red meats, such as beef or pork. Several factors contribute to this:
- Lower and Healthier Fat Content: Lamb typically contains less fat compared to cuts of beef or pork. Grass-fed lamb contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are considered heart-healthy.
- Smoother Texture: Lamb meat tends to have a finer texture and fewer connective tissues than some other red meats. This can make it easier to chew and break down during digestion.
- Milder Flavor: Lamb has a milder and less intense flavor compared to beef, which some people find more palatable and easier on the digestive system.
- Lean Cuts: Choosing lean cuts of lamb, such as loin or leg, can further improve digestibility as they contain less fat and connective tissue.
- Cooking Method: The way lamb is cooked can also impact its digestibility. Grilling, roasting, or broiling lamb is often gentler on the digestive system compared to frying or cooking it in excessive amounts of oil.
- Ecosystem Diversity: Lambs help us as we prioritize sustainable and ethical farming practices by bringing more diversity, and not only having Cattle and Turkey's on the land.
Here is how lamb is healthier.
Here in our fresh meadows located in West Alexandria (just West of Dayton), all spring and summer our lambs have enjoyed a salad bar of broadleaf weeds, flowering plants, and a variety of grasses in the meadow. While lambs eat from the same pasture as our cows, God designed them to be nature’s very own “weed eater.”
Most of us have been conditioned to think too many weeds in our yard is a “bad” thing. But for our meadows, the more the weeds, the merrier (in nutrition)!! While cows love grass, lamb and sheep prefer thorny thistles, chicory, Queen Anne’s lace, vines, and plants. These weeds mine vitamins and pull up minerals deep from within the soil. Grasses absorb nutrients primarily from the top surface of the soil. This is why pasture-fed lamb is so nutrient-dense and offers more vitamins K, E, D, B1, B2, B3, and folate than beef!
Lamb is also an excellent source of iron, zinc and selenium. All of these vitamins and minerals are essential for boosting your immune system. But that’s not all… lamb offers anti-inflammatory benefits since the fat contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids and the meat is loaded with vital proteins that help your body build, repair and maintain muscle mass.
Click here to see a nice article on grass fed lamb with a chart of the nutrient levels.
So many healthy reasons to stock up on lamb… why not give it a try?
Wishing the Lord's blessings of good health,