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Grass Fed verses Grain Fed

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRAIN FED AND GRASS FED BEEF?

Studies have proven the way cows are fed has a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef.

 

 

Cow grazing on green grass        or          Cows being fed grain in a pen

Lets Compare:

Grass fed beef

  • Less total fat which means that gram for gram, grass-fed beef contains fewer calories
  • Contains much less mono unsaturated fat than grain-fed beef
  • Contains up to five times more omega-3's which is an essential component of nerve tissue and also lowers the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and asthma. Omega-3'modify how the body responds to stress and control numerous other metabolic processes.  
  • Contains about twice as much conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) naturally occurring trans-fatty acid that improves brain function, causes weight loss, and reduces your risk of cancer.
  • Grass-fed meat is much higher in Vitamin A as it contains carotenoid precursors to vitamin A, such as beta-carotene.
  • Is higher in Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that sits in your cell membranes and protects them from oxidation.
  • Grass-fed beef has a broad spectrum of beneficial fats and other nutrients that are lacking in grain-fed meat.
  • Grass-fed meat has higher levels of carotenoids, making the fat appear yellow. Generally, the more carotenoids in a substance, the more nutrients it contains. Yellow fat is a sign of high nutrient density and more flavour. 


 White fat meat on white paper                        Raw meat portions on wooden plank  

            

Grain fed beef

  • The Omega-3 quantity in grain-fed meat is so low, that it cannot qualify as a meaningful dietary source. 
  • Grain-fed beef is much lower in omega-3’s and CLA 
  • The longer an animal is fed grains, the lower the nutrient content of the meat becomes.
  • Because grain-fed meat has lower levels, you will need to eat loads more cold water ocean fish or take fish oil supplements to reach your daily omega-3 requirements.
  • These cows are often given growth hormones to make them grow faster and contribute to their weight gain. 
  • Antibiotics are given to grain fed cows to allow them to survive in unsanitary conditions.
  • Cows fed on grain diets, lose the omega 3 fatty acids that are stored within their bodies and begin to store unhealthier fats.
  • Unhealthy fats are the cause of increase in cholesterol levels and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. While healthier fatty acids decrease your risk of such conditions.

Bottom line is clear that grass fed beef is more beneficial for your health...go ahead BUY THAT YELLOW FAT BILTONG!!!

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