Benefits of Eating Grass Fed Beef
Grass-fed beef is an incredibly nutrient-dense protein. It has an extensive micronutrient profile and contains a good amount of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.
What’s the Difference Between Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Beef?
Cattle are meant to graze on grass, preferably within open pastures. As the demand for meat has grown over the past century, farmers started feeding their herds grain-based products, usually made from corn and soybeans. The difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef pertains to their diet: in one, the animals are fed grass while they’re alive, the other, are fed on a grain-based feed.
Most cattle are raised by responsible farms graze in open pastures throughout the warmer months. However, it’s pretty difficult to allow animals to roam freely in the winter, when snow and rain cover the ground.
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Grass-Fed Beef Has Fewer Calories
Beef from grass-fed cattle is lower in total fat content because their diet is more natural and clean. Although it would cost approximately £300 more a year, the amount of calories you can save is staggering.
Grass-Fed Beef Helps Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Beef from grass-fed cows contains a certain beneficial fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA can help prevent several diseases and conditions like obesity and diabetes. A recent randomised, double-blinded study concluded that 37% of the people who were given CLA demonstrated better insulin sensitivity over those who weren’t given CLA. Insulin sensitivity helps promote healthy blood sugar levels.
Grass-Fed Beef Contains Electrolytes
The three main electrolytes are sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
Grass fed meat has ample amounts of all three essential electrolytes. One grass-fed steak contains 732 milligrams of potassium, 49 milligrams of magnesium, and 118 milligrams of sodium.
Grass-Fed Beef Helps Fight Cancer
Grass-fed beef contains roughly twice the amount of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) compared to beef from grain-fed cows. Most naturally occurring nutrients containing anti-carcinogenic properties are derived from plant foods, but CLA is unique because it’s one of the only anticancer nutrients derived from meat
CLA is considered to be one of the strongest nutrients which can defend against cancer.
Grass-Fed Beef Contains More Healthy Fats
Grass-fed beef provides up to six times more omega–3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. Grain-fed beef, on the other hand, contains higher levels of omega–6 fatty acids, which are already eaten in surplus in most standard British diets.
Here are some of the benefits from increased omega–3 consumption:
Alleviates Rheumatoid arthritis: Omega–3s are highly effective in decreasing all markers of inflammation.
Helps with depression: Researchers have seen an increase in mental well-being by supplementing with omega–3 fatty acids.
Helps you focus: Recent studies conducted show omega–3s to be a promising alternative to alleviate attention deficit disorders (ADHD) over stimulant medications.
Eating Grass-Fed Beef Can Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease
Clinical evidence concludes a decreased risk of heart disease with an increased consumption of CLA, a nutrient abundant in grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef can help improve your heart health by:
Antioxidants such as vitamin E
High amounts of omega–3 fatty acids
Less unhealthy fats
Lower amounts of bad cholesterol (known as LDL cholesterol) a marker of cardiovascular disease
Grass-fed beef is an incredibly nutrient-dense protein that can be worked into almost any healthy diet. Grass-fed beef contains:
Two times the amount of lutein and beta-carotene compared to grain-fed.
500–800 mg of CLA, which is up to three times the amount over grain-fed beef.
Up to 3.5 grams of omega–3 fats in grass-fed beef (the maximum amount for grain-fed is 1 gram).
In just one grass-fed strip steak (214 grams) you’ll receive:
49 g protein
45 mg omega–3 fatty acids
0.3 mg Riboflavin (16% DV)
14.3 mg Niacin (72% DV)
1.4 mg Vitamin B6 (70% DV)
28 mcg Folate (7% DV)
2.7 mcg Vitamin B12 (2.7% mcg)
1.5 mg Pantothenic Acid (15% mg)
139 mg Choline
16.3 mg Betaine
19 mg Calcium (2% DV)
4 mg Iron (22% DV)
49 mg Magnesium (12% DV)
454 mg Phosphorus (45% DV)
732 mg Potassium (21% DV)
118 mg Sodium (5% DV)
7.7 mg Zinc (52% DV)
45 mcg Selenium (64% DV)
Where to Buy Grass-Fed Beef
You can buy it pretty much anywhere. Just be sure to know where your beef is from and how it is reared. Check our Harvest Bundle's farmers and learn more.
How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef
Grass-fed products cook faster than grain-fed products. To prevent burning your cut of meat, follow these cooking suggestions:
Grass-fed beef cooks approximately 30% faster than grain-fed cuts, so use a meat thermometer to prevent overcooking.
Make sure to preheat the grill, pan, or oven before cooking.
Because grass-fed beef is low in fat, be sure to coat it with avocado oil or olive oil to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
Is it Worth the Extra Money?
Grass-fed beef has several health benefits. It contains more vitamins and minerals, omega–3 fatty acids, and CLA than grain-fed beef. These nutrients have been shown to fight a number of diseases and ailments.
As with all food, always purchase the highest quality you can reasonably afford. If grass-finished, organic beef fits within your budget, go for it. If it doesn’t, find a responsible farmer who raises their cattle on grass for at least part of the year.