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