Dr. Tilak Dhiman of Utah State University is one of North America's leading researchers on the relationship between CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, which is found in the fat of grass-fed ruminants) in meat and milk and human health.

He said current research with animals indicates that CLA not only reduces the incidence of cancer in animals but that it also suppresses the growth of cancer cells.  He said that definitive human studies would take many more years.  Until then the health benefits of grass-fed foods would have to be legally stated as "potential health benefits."


Currently, animal studies suggest that CLA is:

  1. Anti-carcinogenic
  2. Reduces body fat
  3. Anti-diabetic
  4. Anti-antherosclerosis (heart disease)

Dhiman said that 100 percent grass-fed meats and milk were up to 500 percent higher in CLA than other meat and milk fed conventional high-grain diets.  The key element here is "100 percent grass-fed." In addition to CLA, Dhiman said that grass-fed foods also had the following:

    • 300 percent more Vitamin E
    • 75 percent more Omega-3
    • 78 percent more Beta-carotene
    • 400 percent more Vitamin A


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