Grass-fed Beef Has Health & Nutritional Benefits Nearly Absent in Grain-fed Beef
When consumed in moderation, grass fed beef can be an excellent component of a nutritious diet. Contrary to popular belief, grass fed beef has a total fat content per serving comparable to skinless chicken! In addition it contains 4 to 6 times less fat content than grain fed beef.
A side by side comparison done in 2009, a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina, found that:
- Grass fed beef has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins – Thiamin and Riboflavin, and
- Grass fed beef has more essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as antioxidants.
- Grass fed beef, which has less cholesterol, total fat, saturated fat and fewer calories per serving than its grain fed counterparts can actually help to lower bad LDL cholesterol.
- It has a healthier range of omega -6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs. 4.84). Because grass fed beef is high in omega-3 fatty acids it aids in the prevention of coronary artery disease, hypertension, arthritis, cancers and some inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.
- Compared to grain fed beef, grass fed beef is higher in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which has anti-cancer properties and can help with weight management.
Are you noticing a pattern here?
There are just so many more nutritional benefits favoring a decision to choose grass fed beef over grain fed! Unfortunately, consumers have become accustomed to the unnatural sweetness of grain-fed beef and are paying a price with their health.