Omega3Beef and Omega 3’s
Q: How do you make Omega3Beef?
A: Omega3Beef is derived from traditional cattle that have been fed a feed supplement along with the regular grains in the feedlot or grass on the range. We provide a special type of natural algae, which normally begins the food chain in the ocean, where it is eaten by tiny fish, which are eaten by larger fish. The omega 3’s in the algae are stored in the fish, making it healthy to eat. Omega3Beef provides the same algae for feeding the cattle. The beef from the cattle is high in omega 3’s DHA and EPA.
Q: Why is Omega3Beef healthier than other beef?
A: Omega3Beef is healthier because it is high in DHA and EPA, like fish. Although Omega3Beef still has some saturated fats like all beef, the high DHA and EPA produce blood chemistry which counteracts the unhealthy aspects of the saturated fat.
Q: I see other products labeled high in omega 3’s … are they all healthy?
A: There are a lot of products that say they are high in omega 3’s. Most of them are high in the relatively less valuable omega 3 ALA. Meat or eggs that are high in ALA have been produced by feeding the animals flax seed or flax oil. This is not bad, but it’s not the most beneficial type of omega 3’s.
Q: Why is the omega 3 ALA not as beneficial to humans as omega 3 DHA and EPA?
A: The omega 3 ALA is not used directly in the human body. About 6% of the ALA you eat from flax or walnuts or soybeans or canola oil (or from animals that have eaten flax seed) is converted into the omega 3’s DHA and EPA, which are very healthy. However, it is hard to eat enough ALA to get the amounts of DHA and EPA that produce significant health benefits. Omega3Beef has about 140mg each of DHA and EPA per serving. To get that much from ALA, you would need to eat 2,300 mg of ALA. The common amount of ALA in servings of other products is about 200mg, so it is not very useful.
Q: What products other than fish contain EPA and or DHA?
A: Eggs from chickens that have been fed the right algae — actually the same algae as we use — have high DHA (150mg). One milk producer injects DHA from algae oil (from the same algae we use) into the milk, and a glass of the product contains 32mg of DHA. Some baby foods have EPA and or DHA from algae oil. These products are all labeled as healthy for the eyes, brain, and heart. All these are good. Some other products, such as baby food and peanut butter, have high EPA and DHA from fish oil. Because the fish oil is processed (purified), the remaining EPA and DHA likely does not have the same beneficial health qualities as the fish itself.
Q: I read that fish containing high omega 3’s DHA and EPA are definitely healthy, but taking fish oil pills may not be healthful … what’s going on?
A: A recent Harvard study reported that consuming a daily average of 400mg of EPA and DHA from fish was very healthy; in fact, it increased life expectancy by 2.2 years. However, studies of people taking fish oil capsules, in contrast, show mixed results. There may be two reasons. People taking fish oil capsules may not be reliable in taking the capsules regularly. Or, the fish oil is refined from fish products. In the refining process to take out possible contaminants like mercury, other useful compounds which accompany the EPA and DHA are also lost. Since the whole algae gets into the fish food chain naturally, and the same whole algae gets into Omega3Beef, we expect to show soon that the Omega3Beef has an impact on the healthy markers in the blood stream of humans, similar to fish.
Q: If there can be mercury in ocean fish, can there be mercury in Omega3Beef?
A: No, the algae for Omega3Beef is grown in very pure water on land in large tanks. Algae in the ocean can collect mercury from the pollution in the ocean from runoff. When fish eat ocean algae containing mercury, they retain it. Omega3Beef gets pure algae from pure water in tanks on land, and hence it can have no mercury.
Q: Is the algae supplement fed to your cattle natural?
A: Yes, our algae is a naturally occurring algae found in the ocean, and it is fed all natural products in land-based water tanks. It is not a GMO.
Q: Can I buy grass-fed Omega3Beef?
A: We expect to conduct a demonstration on grass-fed beef very soon. Within a year, we expect to provide our algae cattle feed supplement to grass-fed cattle in the pasture, and then grass-fed Omega3Beef will be available commercially.
Q: Can you guarantee that Omega3Beef is healthier?
A: We can guarantee that Omega3Beef contains high amounts of omega 3’s DHA and EPA. One Omega3Beef burger or two servings of Omega3Beef steak, as tested at Oklahoma State University, have amounts of omega-3’s similar to a meal of halibut or red snapper. One serving of Omega3Beef steak has the equivalent of a serving of Mahi Mahi.
Cost of Omega3Beef
Q: Is Omega3Beef more costly than regular beef?
A: Yes, everything else being the same, Omega3Beef is about $.35 per pound more costly to produce, due to the cost of the ultra-pure algae feed supplement.
Q: Will I be able to buy Omega3Beef from regularly-fed cattle?
A: Eventually our algae will be used in all segments of the beef industry. So yes, you will be able to buy lower cost beef from cattle that have been fed antibiotics and have had hormone implants to stimulate growth. Our first Omega3Beef will be free of hormones and antibiotics, and therefore is natural beef.
Government Approvals in the United States
Q: Are government approvals needed in the US before you can deliver the Omega3Beef?
A: Yes, The Omega3Beef company will obtain government approval of feeding our algae to cattle to produce the Omega3Beef.
Q: What government approval is needed?
A: To gain federal approval, Omega3Beef company will send the CSU, OSU, and Texas A&M studies to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) for approval.
Q: Why hasn’t algae-fed beef been approved for sale in the United States before now?
A: Until very recently, no one believed the whole algae could be fed to cattle to produce high amounts of omega 3’s DHA and EPA in the beef. Omega3Beef’s founder invented the idea and, in tests on dozens of cattle at OSU, proved it worked. The cattle were healthy, and the beef was high in DHA and EPA. At CSU, OSU and Texas A&M the Omega3Beef company will reproduce the previous tests done at OSU, with hundreds of cattle to show the same success in large numbers for a scientific study required by FDA’s CVM.
Government Approval already obtained in Europe
Q: Can Omega3Beef be sold now in Europe?
A: In Europe the use of our algae to feed cattle has been approved by the European Commission of the European Union. We are now talking with leading grocery chains in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany to introduce Omega3Beef. The grocery chains will order Omega3Beef from their existing suppliers. In turn, the feedlots of those existing suppliers will buy algae from us as an additional fed ingredient to produce Omega3Beef.
Q: When will Omega3Beef be available in Europe?
A: We expect grocery chains to begin marketing Omega3Beef in the spring of 2015.