Grass fed vs grain fed meat
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Did you know that grass fed meat has 3 times less fat than grain fed meat?
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Before buying meat, you should always check how the cows are fed as it can have a big effect on the nutrient composition of the beef.
Don't fool yourself, 90% of the cattle today is grain fed. Many studies show that the nutrients in the beef we eat can greatly vary depending on what the cows ate.
We are what we eat but what also matters is what the foods that we eat, ate!
For the first 12 months of the calves' lives, the calves are allowed to roam free and eat grass, or whatever they find in their environment.
After the first 12 months of the calves lives, the “conventionally” raised cows are moved to feedlots. The large ones are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). There, the cows are fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made out of soy or corn.
They are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. The cows live there for a few months and are then moved into the factory for slaughtering.
In comparison, the grass fed cows will continue romaing free and eating grass for the rest of their lives.
Differences in Fatty Acid Composition
Grass-fed beef usually contains way less total fat than grain-fed beef, which means that gram for gram, grass-fed beef contains fewer calories.
But what is important is to understand the composition of the fatty acids:
Omega-3s: Grass-fed beef contains up to 5 times as much Omega-3.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Grass-fed beef contains about twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef. This fatty acid is associated with reduced body fat and some other beneficial effects.
Source: Kris Gunnars, Grass-fed vs Grain-fed meat - what's the difference