Does the thought of a big juicy steak or hamburger make your mouth water? Most people would answer yes to this question, but have you ever thought about where your meat is coming from? Or even more importantly, what these animals are consuming? Most cattle are fed grain, which includes corn, barley, and soybeans. Beef cattle are by nature grass eaters and most of these cattle will never encounter a green pasture. Many of these cows are given growth hormones and antibiotics to bring them to their target weight. According to a 2009 study conducted by the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina, grass fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef for 10 reasons.

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in B vitamins, thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in minerals, calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3’s
  7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  8. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

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