There are a variety of negative connotations attached to red meat and how it can impact your health, specifically your heart. Whilst it may be that excessive red meat intake can contribute to long-term health problems, the same is not true of Wagyu.
The difference is in the farming
Good quality Wagyu are grass-fed and roam freely on the land they are farmed on – this is a huge factor when determining the quality of the meat supplied to the end consumer. This is in comparison to grain-finished beef.
It’s also all about the ‘good fats’
A study being conducted in New Zealand involves middle-aged men who are prone to heart disease. They are required to eat meat three times a week to investigate how the complex lipids (fats) in high quality, unprocessed red meat affect heart health. This follows prior evidence that eating Wagyu beef in moderation may help protect against heart disease thanks to its high contents of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and several other ‘good fats’. These ‘good fats’ help combat cholesterol levels and, combined with the oleic acid, is considered good for your heart.
Other health benefits of eating Wagyu
What a delight it would be to eat superior tasting meat whilst also taking care of your health! Professor Tim Crowe is a Registered Dietician and has built a convincing argument for Wagyu beef as a healthy introduction to a balanced diet. This is because of the high concentration of beneficial omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and high levels of mono-unsaturated fats.
It can be said with confidence that there is a correlation between high quality beef and the positive impact it can have on your health. At Wild Coast Wagyu, we aim to produce beef of the highest quality by focusing on sustainable farming methods and internationally-recognised breeding programmes for South Africans to enjoy.
If you are a discerning farmer interested in our genetics, please get in touch.