How many times have you asked yourself what is so special about grass fed, grass finished beef? What health benefits will you gain that you wouldn’t otherwise get from conventional grain fed beef bought at the grocery store? What’s the big deal if a steak or ground beef is 100% grass fed and grass finished vs. raised conventionally and grain fed?
Those questions probably pop in your mind quite a few times, all while standing in the store attempting to pick out dinner for the night. We’re about to kill two birds with one stone for you - we’re giving you answers, and a way to avoid the grocery store meat aisle.
Aside from the incredible taste that 100% grass fed and grass finished beef brings to your table, it’s chalk full of incredible and necessary nutrients. Finding the facts, and scientific evidence to support this claim can be difficult; thanks to Shawn Mynar, author and founder of Well Belly, you can read five of the reasons why grass fed is the way to go!
Well Belly Author: Shawn Mynar
Grass-fed beef contains between 2 to 5 times more omega-3s than grain-fed beef, while grain-fed beef is predominately omega-6 fatty acids. In a country where processed foods containing fake vegetable oils dominate, most Americans over consume omega-6 vs. omega 3’s to a ratio of up to 50:1(!) causing an inflammatory response. Our ideal health happens with a ratio in the range of 1:1 to 5:1.
Beef is one of the best dietary sources of CLA (conjugated linoleaic acid) and grass-fed beef contains an average of 2 to 3 times more CLA than grain-fed beef. Why do we care about CLA? Get ready for this list! This acid can fight against cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, osteoporosis, inflammation, and even body composition! Sounds like we all need to consume as much of this as we can!
Grass-fed beef consistently contains a higher proportion of stearic acid. Studies show stearic acid is associated with a lowered LDL cholesterol (the bad one.)
Grass-fed meat surpasses grain-fed with considerably more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as beta-carotene and vitamin E, zinc, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium. Grain-fed beef does not contain appreciable levels of these because the food they eat (grains) don’t contain them.
Cows are meant to eat grass and are healthiest when they do. Isn’t that what you want to put on your plate? This takes “we are what we eat” to a whole new level!
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Self-education about what we eat is always a good idea. The more questions you ask, the deeper you investigate; the deeper you investigate, the more accurate your conclusion. There is truly a wealth of information about the health benefits of grass fed and finished beef worth looking into. If you’d like to delve a little deeper, check out our blog on the facts about grass fed beef nutrition. You won’t be disappointed!
If you’re sifting through the market looking for a brand you can trust to deliver quality grass fed and finished beef be sure to check out our online store. Western Grassfed Beef ships all types of beef products (steak, ground beef, beef bones, you name it) directly to your door. No scary ingredients, loads of nutrients not found in grain fed beef, all from a company with incredible cattle ranching practices.
It’s time to stop being afraid of red meat. Particularly grass fed and finished beef. It’s good for your health in a multitude of ways. It comes from happy cattle who spend their lives roaming and grazing. It’s the better option for red meat lovers. Continue taking the time to learn the facts. Continue taking the time to enjoy life a little more.
Western Grassfed Beef, the Natural Beef label from Panorama Meats, works directly with U.S. family ranchers throughout the West and Midwest. All cattle are born and raised on open pasture and are fed a diet of grasses and range forage. Our natural 100% grass fed and grass finished beef is humanely raised with no antibiotics or added hormones, and always raised on pastures. We believe in supporting our rancher's way of life and in raising cattle the right way.