What Does “Grass-Fed” Mean?

What Does “Grass-Fed” Mean?

You may have come across this term when you’ve been in the meat section of your local grocery store. There are usually conventional, organic, and grass-fed options (for butter, too).

When it comes to what option you pick, a good question to ask yourself is this: Is there a huge difference between conventional beef and grass-fed? Well, let’s take a look what this term actually means.

Put simply, grass-fed beef means that the cattle were allowed to graze on a pasture. On the flip side, conventional meats are grain-fed. The thing is, grains are a lot higher in calories. And while an all-grain diet makes the cows grow much faster (which is more cost effective), grass is a whole lot higher in vital nutrients like Omega-3s and essential B vitamins. This also results in leaner cuts of meat that are substantially healthier and more flavorful.

“Beef should be organic and grass-fed;
fish should be wild, not farm raised.”

-Suzanne Somers


Benefits Overview

  • Fewer calories.
  • More omega-3s.
  • No hormones or antibiotics.
  • Less pesticides.
  • More flavorful.
  • Cows live a better, more natural life, unlike their feedlot counterparts.

 

Drawbacks

  • Grass-fed does NOT equate to organic unless specified.
  • Cows can sometimes graze on land that has been treated with synthetic fertilizers and/or herbicides.
  • More expensive.
  • More gamey.
  • Cow grazing in the U.S. negatively impacts the environment.
  • Normally taken to a feedlot for slaughter, so the cow’s experience is just as horrific.

*Make sure the beef is grass-finished too, meaning the cow was fed grass until its very last moments. It should say it on the package.


Sources
“Grass-fed Beef Meat vs. Organic Beef Meat.”
“The Truth about Grass-fed Beef.”


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