Should I spend money on free-range meat?
It’s definitely a good idea to spend more on the Christmas Eve beef. According to a study in Nutrition Journal, grass-fed (read: pricey) livestock produces meat and dairy with more essential fatty acids and up to five times more omega-3 than grain-fed counterparts. But the good news is, sometimes, cheaper can actually be more nutritious, such as when it comes to your smoked salmon brunch. ‘Because they are harvested at their peak, farmed salmon contain at least twice as much omega-3 than wild salmon,’ says Professor Douglas Tocher of the University of Stirling. For the main event, Waitrose chicken, at about £6.20 per bird, is packed with essential fatty acids – a cheaper, nutritious swap for turkey. Easier to wedge in the freezer, too.