There are many reasons why grass fed beef is a better option to grain fed beef.
Better for YOU
- Grass fed beef has less overall fat, including saturated fat, lower cholesterol levels and lower total calories.
- Since the cows are eating grass, which is loaded with beta-carotene, we are getting 10 times the beta-carotene of grain fed beef.
- Beta-carotene is then converted to vitamin A and we use vitamin A to help with our vision, bone growth, reproduction and help create a barricade against bacterial and viral infections.
- There is also a better balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. The correct ration of these fatty acids in our diet help prevent coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disease, cancer, arthritis and hypertension.
- Grass fed beef also contains more Conjugate linoleic acid (CLA) than grain fed beef. CLAs help in the reduction of carcinogens, atherosclerosis and onset of diabetes. Beef from grass fed cattle contain 2-3 more the amount of CLA then from grain fed beef.
- Grass fed beef is higher in protein than grain feed beef by about 1.5 times.
- There has been research that suggests that eating lean beef can help lover LDL, VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides all the while boosting your HDL levels.
Better for the COWS
- Equally important as being better for us, grass fed beef is better for the cattle too.
- The diet that the cattle are eating is their native diet
- Cows raised on grains are routinely fed antibiotics to help them digest the grain that they eat. Since it is unnatural for them to eat corn, they struggle to digest it.
- Pasture raised cattle are allowed to roam the open pastures instead of being kept in small confined pens or feed lots to be fattened.
- They get to graze in groups as is natural for them.
- The process of letting the cattle graze also helps in their development process. They are never rushed along to develop faster than nature intended.
- The cows that are left to grow at natural rates are living low-stress lives.
Better for the PLANET
- A cow that has a diet of grazed grass requires the use of less fossil fuel than a cow that eats a dried corn and soy diet.
- Animals on the pasture make their own fertilizer and they work as the harvesting machines for their food.
- Cows that are left in feed lots have to have their wasted removed. Usually, it is only taken out of the lot and disposed of close to where the cows are and the excess of nutrients in the manure causes ground and water pollution.
- Having cows graze on grass keeps the carbon footprint of the farmers to a minimum. The feed does not need to be shipped in, the manure doesn’t need to be shipped out and the cows are not consuming feed that was produced many miles away and sprayed with artificial fertilizers and pesticides.
- Simply by growing grass, something that removes carbon dioxide from the air, they are helping out the planet.
- Another reason grass is superior to corn is that it is a perennial, meaning it comes back again with no new planting or use.
- Corn is an annual that must be planted again and again each year. Every step of the corn grown process requires energy from machinery to complete the cycle.
Northwest Grass Fed Beef
Seattle, Washington 98134