"Grass-fed", "grain-finished", "hormone-free", "antibiotic-free", and the list goes on! There a lot of ways to categorize beef and we're here to explain one of the big ones! Grass-fed beef.
What does "Grass-fed" mean?
When beef says "grass-fed" it means the cattle were raised on a diet that mainly consisted of grass and other foraged foods rather than grain. Some cattle considered to be grass-fed in fact do eat grain during parts of the year, but grazing is still the main source of nutrients. While grain-fed beef also might have a diet that includes grass, the cattle are mostly fed grain that consists of soy, corn and sometimes hormones and antibiotics to speed up the growth process of the cow. This is why grain-fed cows tend to be larger in size and less lean.
Is grass-fed beef better for you than grain-fed?
The short answer is YES! but let's talk about why? The first reason is that grass-fed beef is a leaner type of beef. As stated about grain-fed beef tends to be fattier and less heart healthy. In addition to being leaner, grass-fed beef has higher levels of antioxidants and important nutrients like vitamins (particularly vitamin E), and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA benefits your immune system and is an anti-inflammatory.
Beef from grass-fed cows can also have up to 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional beef. Omega-3 fats are one of the healthy fats and have many health benefits such as improving your skin, bone and joint health, prevents autoimmune diseases and heart disease, promotes brain health during pregnancy and early life, improves eye health, can even improve depression and anxiety, and can even lower cancer risk.
Grass-fed animals produce leaner meat with more nutrients. Next time you're at the grocery store opt for eating only beef from grass-fed raised cattle or even better go for grass-fed organic beef. Your body will thank you!