Grass-Fed Beef

Thinking about buying grass-fed beef? Let’s go over some of the basics.
Grass vs Grain Fed

100% grass-fed beef generally comes from cattle that eat only grass and other foraged foods throughout their lives. Conventionally-raise beef cattle eat a diet that includes grains, such as corn and soy, which causes them to fatten more quickly. “Grass-fed/grain finished” beef comes from grass-fed cows that are given grain, making the nutritional profile closer to conventionally raised cattle. The difference in the diets of the cattle can have a significant impact on the nutrition and health effects of their meat.

Why grass-fed beef may be better for you:

    • Grass-fed beef tends to have a healthier fatty acid profile than grain-fed beef.
      Grass-fed can have up to five times as much omega-3 fats which have heart-healthy properties and can help fight inflammation [source]. If you can’t afford or can’t access grass-fed beef, trying getting healthy fats in other ways, such as eating fatty fish once or twice per week and/or taking a fish oil supplement. Talk to your doctor or Clinical Health Consultant to find the best plan for you.
    • Grass-fed beef contains twice as much conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as grain-fed beef.
      CLA is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect against many diseases. CLA may also help keep your metabolism and weight healthy. [source]
    • Grass-fed beef is higher in healthy antioxidant vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin E, phosphorus and zinc. [source]
    • Studies suggest that grass-fed beef contains fewer bacteria that can cause food poisoningwhen compared to grain-fed beef. [source]
    • Grass-fed beef is less likely to contain excess antibiotics. 70% of all antibiotics used in the US are given to animals, primarily to help them grow faster and to combat diseases caused by overcrowding of grain-fed animals into large feed lots called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) .
    • Grass-fed beef tends to be better for the environment. Farming techniques that support grass-fed cattle may more closely align with sustainable farming techniques that replenish the earth. [source]

For both the health of the planet and our bodies, it’s easy to build a convincing case in favor of grass-fed meat. We hope you’ll weigh the pros and cons and make the best decision for you!

– True Health Clinical Health Consultant Tammy Gallow RDN, RN

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