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Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef

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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.