Benefits of Grass Fed Beef vs Grain Fed Beef

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You’ve likely heard at least some mention of grass fed beef in the last year or two. As more and more research is conducted into the manner in which modern-day cattle are raised, and then compared to how cows are actually supposed to eat and live, the detrimental effects of today’s meat industry become clearer.

Grass-fed beef is defined as cattle that eat grass and other foraged food, rather than being stuffed and fattened with nontraditional foods such as grain, corn and as of lately, non-traditional feed such as candy and other junk food. This shift from what cows are biologically meant to eat and what they’re fed on farms (using grains in lieu of grass) actually alters the nutrients and fat content found in the resulting meat.

To start, grass fed beef has about the same amount of fat per serving as skinless chicken, and up to 50% less fat than a similar cut of grain fed beef. Despite this reduction in fat content, grass feed beef still contains up to six times more omega-3 fatty acids as grain fed beef. In addition to this, grass fed contains more of the fat believed to reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease than its counterparts.

For those looking to reach or maintain a healthy weight, the amount of calories in a food is often important. Per six ounces, grass feed beef has 100 fewer calories, and simply switching to this all-natural beef will cut over 17,000 calories from the average person’s diet a year. The resulting weight loss of at least 6 pounds from simply purchasing a healthier, natural source of beef speaks for itself.