From the average Joe who just loves to barbecue on the back patio to culinary connoisseurs throughout the world, the nutritional powerhouse – grass-fed beef – is high on the list of preferred items. But what’s the big deal? Don’t all cows eat grass? More likely than not, they do, but to what extent? What else might the beef cow that ends up in your favorite butcher shop be eating besides grass? Are they injected with hormones and chemicals? For many, these are questions that truly matter.
When you eat beef, what are you putting in your body? The bigger question might be, “What do you want to be putting in your body when you eat beef?”
Grain Fed Beef Versus Grass Fed – What Does It Mean?
Ideally, out in open pastures, cattle should be grazing on grass. Unfortunately, particularly over the last century, farmers found themselves having to meet high demands for meat. To keep up, grain-based products made from soy and corn were used to feed the farmers’ herds. So, the main difference here becomes the diet of the cattle in question. Grain-based feed versus grass.
Now that you know the difference, let’s take a look at the benefits of grass-fed beef.
Heart Disease Risks
Heart disease risks are decreased by eating grass-fed beef versus beef that has been fed grains. With increased consumption of grass-fed beef, according to clinical evidence, the risk of heart disease decreases.
Yes, there are healthy fats. These are referred to as omega-3 fatty acids. You can receive up to six times more of these by eating grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef is also higher in vitamins E and A.
In fact, some experts believe grass-fed beef to have healthier aspects than chicken, in some aspects.
The Keto Diet
This is a real hot button lately as more and more people jump on the keto diet bandwagon. Essential electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, and sodium) are found in ample amounts in grass-fed beef.
More nutritional value will be found in the calories that are in grass-fed beef. Coincidentally, the total calorie count is lower than that of grain fed beef.
You probably hear, almost every day, about some food being recalled or a problem with toxins, poisons, etc. With grass-fed beef, the risk of food poisoning is greatly reduced, as compared to grain fed beef.
Who doesn’t want to fight cancer? Eating grass-fed beef can help defend against cancer because of the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) found within. When it comes to fighting cancer, this is one of the strongest nutrients available.
While following a ketogenic lifestyle, consuming grass-fed beef can improve your body’s levels of blood glucose drastically. This is, of course, if you happen to be one of the insulin resistant people in the world today.
All of the above are well and good. But what about taste? This is, as you would expect, a personal preference. Some people believe that there is a gamier or meatier taste to grass-fed steaks. A slightly sweeter taste and higher levels of marbling can be present in corn fed beef.
Remember also, that cooking processes and methods, as well as seasoning, make a major difference in how your beef will taste.