Grass Fed vs. Conventional Beef

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Food choices are very important to our health and well-being, on an individual, community and environmental level. Luckily, we are paying closer attention to what goes in our body and where it comes from. This is causing ranchers to sit up and listen to what the consumers want, and grass fed beef is becoming a new trend in the right direction.

Why are people seeking out Grass Fed Beef as opposed to regular beef? Part of that answer is that Grass Fed Cattle are better for the environment. The second part of that is that choosing Grass Fed Beef is the healthier option.

Here’s why Grass Fed Beef is healthier than Conventional Beef:

  • Grass Fed Beef Contains more more heart healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential to healthy cells and brain function. They are also be beneficial for the skin and hair. Additionally, studies have shown that Omega-3’s can be beneficial to brain function in Alzheimer’s Patients.
  • Grass Fed Beef contains less calories per serving than Feedlot Beef, the fat is healthier and less prevalent.
  • Grass Fed Beef contains more Vitamin E.
    Most Americans are deficient in this potent antioxidant, which has been shown to have anti-aging properties.
  • Grass Fed Beef is a rich source of another type of healthy fat called conjugated linoleic acid or “CLA” which has been shown to shrink tumors in lab mice. And, new studies suggest getting some CLA in your diet can help prevent cancer in humans as well. According to a study from Finland, “women who had the highest levels of CLA in their diet, had a 60 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest levels of CLA.”
  • Grassfed beef consumes far less energy than feedlot beef, being solar powered through grass as opposed to using approximately 284 gallons of oil in the lifetime of a typical steer.
  • Grassfed beef recycles animal waste into the land, becoming nutrients for the next cycle of life, rather than feedlot beef which builds up huge amounts of animal waste which causes extreme water and air pollution.

031cf146edcb7e11384a1edfc8765b80-1Meat is not just meat. There is a vast difference in choosing Grass Fed Meat vs. Conventional meat. Not only is sustainable cattle production essential to the health of our environment, it also results in more a nutritious product with greater health benefits for our bodies. Healthy animals equals healthy people!


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