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Grass-Fed Beef: What Are The Benefits?

By on November 12, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

Most of us probably like beef. After all, very few people will turn down a juicy steak or hamburger. While beef is delicious, it is not exactly healthy for you. In small amounts, it can be good for you. But, beef tends to be full of fat and high in calories, both of which are not exactly good for you. What if we told you that there was an alternative to regular beef that tastes the exact same, that that is also much healthier? Well, it exists and it is called grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef comes from the same cows that are used to make regular beef, but grass-fed cattle are raised specifically to provide a healthier alternative to regular beef. In this article, we are going to briefly explain what grass-fed beef is and what the benefits of grass-fed beef are when compared with the alternative.

What is Grass-fed Beef?

There are generally 2 ways of raising cattle. You can either feed them a diet of grass and wheat or you can feed them on a diet of exclusively grass. All cows are fed grass, but most cattle are eventually transferred from the pasture to what is called a “feedlot,” where the cows are fattened on a diet of wheat and grain. For a cow to be considered grass-fed, it must only be fed grass for its entire life. Grass-fed beef tends to be a bit more expensive, but it is also better quality and healthier for you.

Now, many of you will likely have seen grass-fed beef before, but it is likely that you skipped over it because it tends to be a bit more expensive than regular beef and not everyone is aware of the benefits of grass fed beef. Some may also hesitate because grass-fed beef does have a very distinctive taste to it that some people do not like.

The Benefits of Grass-fed Beef

So, now that we are all clear on what grass-fed beef is, let’s talk about the benefits of grass-fed beef and why you should choose it over regular, grain-fed beef.

Less fat

Regular, grain-fed beef is loaded with fat. Even the supposedly healthier versions, such as lean beef, still have a significant amount of fat within them. Consuming foods rich in fats is not bad for you as long as you only consume the food in moderation, but too much fat is definitely bad for you. Eating fatty foods consistently has a number of negative health effects. For starters, it can lead to excessive weight gain. The fats found in red meat and beef tend to be very high in calories, so by consuming a lot of beef, you will end up consuming more fat than if you ate another kind of meat like chicken. It goes without saying that excessive weight gain is not good for you. Likewise, when you consume a lot of fat there is a danger of developing things like heart disease, which has become one of the leading killers in America.

So, one of the main benefits of eating grass-fed beef is that it has significantly less fat than grain-fed beef. This is due to the fact that cattle fed on a diet of exclusively grass do not experience the same level of weight gain that cows fed on a diet of corns and grains do. Now, less fat may turn off some people since fat is usually associated with flavor and thus people may assume that grass-fed beef is less favorable. But, that is the wrong assumption to have. The author of this article on CooksIllustrated compared grass-fed beef to wheat-fed beef. His conclusion was that while properly aged grass-fed beef tastes a bit gamier than aged wheat-fed beef, it ultimately tastes just as good.

Higher Level of Omega-3 fatty Acids

Because grass-fed cattle if exclusively fed with grass, the meat ends up having a higher concentration of what are called “omega-3 fatty acids.” Many of you are probably familiar with omega-3s, but for those who are not, they are acids that naturally occur in certain kinds of foods. Examples of these kinds of foods include fish, eggs, peanut butter, and other foods. Omega-3s are extremely healthy for you in numerous ways. Listing all the benefits of omega-3s would be worthy of its own article, so we will be brief. For starters, omega-3s are considered necessary for the development and maintenance of a healthy brain. There is some research suggesting that omega-3s can help prevent the onset of certain brain issues like Alzheimer’s disease because the omega-3s help prevent brain tissue from degrading. Omega-3s are also great for your heart and your cardiovascular system. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce blood pressure levels. Likewise, they have been shown to help increase your HDL cholesterol levels, which are your good cholesterol levels. We could keep going on about the various benefits of omega-3s, but by now you have an idea about how healthy they are. If you are interested in reading more about the health benefits of omega-3s, then you can read this article which talks about 17 benefits of omega-3s.

Higher Level of Conjugated Linoleic Acids

You probably have not heard of conjugated linoleic acids before, but they are actually a very important component of beef and other kinds of meat. Of particular interest is the fact that conjugated linoleic acid actually has anti-cancer properties. As you can see from this study, even a small amount of conjugated linoleic acid seems to have anti-tumor effects. Grass-fed beef has a lot more conjugated linoleic acid than wheat-fed beef. And when we say a lot more, we mean it. Grass-fed beef is estimated to have at least 3 times more conjugated linoleic acid in it than regular beef. In some cases, grass-fed beef can end up having 5 times as much.

It is More Humane

So far, we have only talked about how grass-fed beef is good for you, but consuming grass-fed beef is also better for the cattle themselves. Remember earlier how we talked about how most cattle are moved to “feedlots” so that they can be fattened up on grains? Well, that is an extremely cruel process. Cattle are stuffed into cramped pens with a multitude of other cattle and essentially force fed to fatten them up. Grass-fed cattle, on the other hand, are allowed to roam free until they are transferred to the slaughter house.

It is Better for the Environment

One final benefit that we want to talk about is the fact that buying grass-fed beef is just much better for the environment. Raising cattle as a whole is pretty disastrous for the environment, but, raising wheat-fed cattle is even more damaging. The main damage comes from when the cattle are herded into the feedlots to be fattened up with grains. While in that small space the cows produce a huge amount of manure. Now, much of the manure is caught and turned into fertilizer. But, plenty of the manure is not caught and thus causes environmental damage. All the manure produced by cows in these feedlots can kill the local plant and animal life. This is not even mentioning the huge amount of methane gas that is produced by these cattle and their manure.  

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About the Author: Hi, My name is Tom Curren and I appreciate your interest in my male supplement review site My mission is to provide well researched, unbiased, honest reviews of the top supplements on the market today. As a personal trainer I strive to assist my clients everyday, this also including recommendations for only the best supplements produced. Along with my own personal testing I also am provided with honest reviews from individuals on a daily basis who test new supplements, thus I am able to only recommend what is going to be the most effective and what you should avoid. .


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