The grass-fed beef stick. Our pride and joy. Nick’s Sticks beef sticks are chock-full of sunshine and free-range living. You can positively taste the nutritiousness (or is that the deliciousness?) of our staple product. Your brain says order it for being a clean protein, dye-free, nitrate-free, hormone-free, sugar-free, antibiotic-free snack. Your tummy will keep you coming back for the pure pleasure of its beefy taste.
GRASS-FED VS GRAIN-FED
- Saturated Fat: Low levels (similar to the levels found in lean chicken breasts)
- Good Fat: High in omega-3s (also commonly found in certain fish, such as salmon and tuna)
- CLA: High doses of conjugated linoleic acid, thought by many to fight cancer
- E. Coli: Reduced exposure to bacteria
- Ag Process: Ecologically friendly
- Saturated Fat: Levels are often 3-4 times higher than those found in grass-fed beef
- Good Fat: Limited omega-3 content
- CLA: Limited CLA content (because CLA comes directly from the grass)
- E. Coli: Risks remain a constant and growing concern
- Ag Process: Requires significant use of chemicals, fertilizers and gasoline
MORE ON CLA
Research on the cancer fighter aspects of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is quite promising. The passage below is a direct quote from the book “Why Grassfed is Best,” by prominent author Jo Robinson:
Researchers did not get their first glimpse of the many health benefits of CLA until 1987. Although the research is in its earliest stages, CLA shows promise of reducing the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders. What’s more, CLA appears to be perfectly safe. Even in very large doses, this good fat has shown no harmful effects in laboratory animals.
At this point in time, the research on CLA and cancer is the most promising. When rats are fed very small amounts of CLA—a mere 0.1 percent of their total calories—they show a significant reduction in tumor growth. At 1.5 percent of their caloric intake, tumor size is reduced by as much as 60 percent.
So, is there enough CLA in grassfed products to reduce your risk of cancer? Probably so. It has been estimated that people eating ordinary grain-fed meat and dairy products consume about 1 gram of CLA a day. Judging by animal studies, this is one-third of the amount required to reduce the risk of cancer. Switching to grassfed animal products would increase your CLA intake three to five times, which could make the all-important difference.