With the grilling season in full swing I thought what a helpful post on why to choose Grass Fed.
The classic idiom “you are what you eat” applies just as well to cows as it does to humans, and there are some pretty significant differences in the quality of red meat based on how the animal was fed.
Most of the beef sold in stores today is from animals that are grain-fed, meaning they were fed corn and other grains over their lifetime, typically in a confined feedlot.
Grass-fed beef, as its name implies, comes from animals that eat perennial grasses all their lives.
So why should you eat grass-fed meat?
1. Perennial grasses are better for soil.
2. Animals that are grass-fed their entire life are healthier—the meat is safer for you.
3. Grass-fed animals produce the right kind of fat.
4. The corn fed to feedlot cattle is fossil-fuel intensive and heavily subsidized.
5. Perennial pasture reduces flooding and pollution-laden runoff.
The benefits of grass-fed beef
Aside from posing the danger of E. coli, corn-fed beef contains far fewer nutrients than grass-fed beef. Prevention reports that a recent study by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found grass-fed beef to be significantly higher in calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and potassium than corn-fed beef. In addition:
Meat from grass-fed cattle is lower in both overall fat and artery-clogging saturated fat.
Grass-fed meat is higher in healthy omega-3 fats. Meat from feedlot animals has been found to contain only 15-50 percent as much omega-3s as meat from grass-fed cattle.
Meat from grass-fed livestock is four times higher in vitamin E.
Grass-fed meat is higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient associated with lower cancer risk.
One of my favorites to follow on food topics is Michael Pollan
He eats real food and is very honest about the probelm we are facing in this country.
He also eats meat; fish, chicken and beef
This was a Q & A from his actual site
QUESTION: Is grass fed meat really better for me?
ANSWER: There is reason to believe that it is. The diet of the animals we eat has a bearing on the nutritional quality, and healthfulness, of the food itself, whether it is meat or milk or eggs. This should be self-evident, yet it is a truth routinely overlooked by the industrial food chain in its quest to produce vast quantities of cheap animal protein. That quest has changed the diet of most of our food animals from plants to seeds, because animals grow faster and produce more milk and eggs on a high-energy diet of grain. But some of our food animals, such as cows and sheep, are ruminants that evolved to eat grass; if they eat too many seeds they become sick, which is why grain-fed cattle have to be given antibiotics. Even animals that do well on grain, such as chickens and pigs, are much healthier when they have access to green plants, and so, it turns out, are their meat and eggs.
For most of our food animals, a diet of grass means much healthier fats (more omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA; fewer omega-6s and saturated fat) in their meat, milk, and eggs, as well as appreciably higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants. Sometimes you can actually see the difference, as when butter is yellow or egg yolks bright orange: What you’re seeing is beta-carotene from fresh green grass. It’s worth looking for pastured animal foods in the market and paying the premium they typically command. For though from the outside an industrial egg looks exactly like a pastured egg selling for several times as much, they are for all intents and purposes two completely different foods.
Here is his site: You can gain endless knowledge from it on Grass Fed and the overall food industry
Where to buy Grass Fed
Whole Foods Market
In my locla area:
Dave’s Meat & Produce
Harbor Greens with two locations
-Gig Harbor and University Place
Above content is pulled from reliable resources on the internet.
If you are interested in more information.
The best advice I can give is make sure it is fact and/or either has studies to back it.
I have been researching this topic in more detail for the last few years.
The overall take-away I hope you can benefit from this is;
Knowledge is really power- You need to actually know where your meats are from. (what farm, how the animals are fed /treated)
This is for your own health benefits and your families.