Grass fed beef is becoming more and more popular, and with good reason. The negative aspect is that many companies are trying to enter the market with information that only presents half the truth when it comes to grass fed (and finished) beef products. In this article we will take a look at what you should know before making a decision on what beef to feed you and your family.
Most people have heard of grass fed beef and believe it is more healthy for themselves and their family. This statement is true but needs qualifiers the same way that the term organic has become overused to the point is has almost become irrelevant without significant amounts of research. Most beef starts out grass fed (unless we are talking about factory farming). So many brands are claiming their beef are grass fed, because technically at some point of their life they were fed grass. Usually they have also been loaded up with corn, grain, soy, antibiotics, and growth hormones. Truly grass fed beef has to be fed grass for the entirety of the animal’s life. This is where the term grass fed and finished becomes so important.
At Refuge Rock Ranch we do not feed our cows a healthy diet of grass just to send them off to a feed lot to be fattened up. Our Angus cattle are allowed to eat a completely natural nutritious vegetation of grasses, alfalfa, and clover for their entire lives. This all sounds great, but what difference does it make to the finished product? That is, after, all what has the greatest impact on our health. With that being the case, let’s take a look at a few of the key differences between grass fed and finished beef vs. corn/soy fed offerings:
Monounsaturated Fat – Grain fed beef contains much higher levels of monounsaturated fats than does grass fed and finished beef. Many studies have shown the negative health impacts of monounsaturated fats.
Omega-3 – Amazingly grain fed beef contains as little as 20% of the healthy omega-3 that are contained in truly grass fed and finished beef products.
Vitamin E – Grass fed and finished beef contains Vitamin E which is an antioxidant at much higher levels than grain fed beef.
Vitamin A – Grass fed beef has been shown to contain significantly more beta-carotene which is a precursor to Vitamin A.
These are just a few of the health benefits of grass fed beef over corn/soy fed beef products. We encourage you to give us a call to day to learn more, or simply type “grass fed vs. corn fed beef and health” into any search engine to see third party studies and reviews.