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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Worth All the Hype?
Where’s the beef?!
No, we're not talking about that one commercial from the eighties – but if you remember it, consider our target audience reached!
We’re talking about one of the best high-protein options out there, beef. But not all kinds of beef…
Not a fan of red meat, or meat altogether, that’s okay. This article may not be for you. But for all of you meat-eaters pay attention! In this short article, we are talking about why you should choose grass-fed beef and the benefits it can add to your diet.
What to Know Before Buying Grass-Fed Beef
If you’re interested in trying grass-fed beef, there’s a few things to know before buying it. The label “grass-fed” indicates that the animal has been fed by “grass and forage” for its entire adult life.
However, “grass-fed” and “grass-finished” aren’t highly-regulated terms by the USDA. Also, “organic” does not indicate if an animal lived off of grass. Other marketing phrases can be used to mislead people who are seeking grass-fed meat. Among these labels are “natural,” “convention feed,” or “pasture-raised.”
General Recommendations for Finding Grass-Fed Beef:
- Label. The label “grass-fed” should be found on the package.
- Providers. The ideal approach is to find a local farm where you can visit to ensure the cows are freely roaming the pasture, then buy from that farm. Assuming you’re like most people and don’t have the time for that, consider going to grocery stores with strong reputations (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods) or work with a mailing service (Butcher Box, Grassland Beef, Verde Farms).
If you’re a meat eater and not already eating grass-fed beef, give it a go! Eating this lean, protein packed food adds a number of positives in your diet, including: less total fat, healthier saturated fat, more stearic acid and less palmitic acid, a better omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio, and higher amounts of vitamins A and E.
Next time you’re at the grocery store lookout for labels such as “grass-fed” and “grass and forage” and enjoy some high quality beef!
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- Daley, C. A., Abbott, A., Doyle, P. S., Nader, G. A., & Larson, S. (2010). A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef. Nutrition Journal, 9(1), 1-12.
- Nuernberg, K., Dannenberger, D., Nuernberg, G., Ender, K., Voigt, J., Scollan, N. D., … & Richardson, R. I. (2005). Effect of a grass-based and a concentrate feeding system on meat quality characteristics and fatty acid composition of longissimus muscle in different cattle breeds. Livestock Production Science, 94(1-2), 137-147.
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