Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef
Grass Fed Beef vs. Grain Fed Beef
While still a niche movement, grass fed beef production and consumption are making a comeback. To better understand why, consider the following comparison of grass fed vs. grain fed beef.
Grass Fed Beef
- Low saturated fat levels (Similar to the levels fount in lean chicken breasts.)
- High in “good fat” Omega-3’s (also commonly found in certain fish, such as salmon and tuna)
- High doses of conjugated linoleleic acid (CLA), thought by many to be a cancer figher
- Reduced exposure to E. Coli bacterica
- Features and agricultural process that is ecologically friendly
- Many people are conscious of the amount and type of fat in their daily diets. Grass fed beef is leaner and healthier than higher-fat content beef produced using traditional cattle feeding methods.
- The overall fat content of grass fed beef is about 25% lower than that of typical corn fed cattle.
- A 6-ounce steak from grass finished beef has almost 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain fed steer.
Grain Fed Beef
- Saturated fat levels are often up to 3-4 times higher than those found in grass fed beef
- Limited Omega-3 content
- Limited CLA content (because CLA come directly from the grass)
- E. Coli risks remain a constant and growing concern
- Production system requires significant use of chemicals, fertilizers and gasoline
- In traditional cattle farming the animals’ final finishing would occur in a highly confined feed lot on a diet of high-starch corn-based feeds, often supplemented by growth hormones and antibiotics.
- The increased physical stress caused by the crowded confinement of this method often necessitates the increased use of antibiotics.