Grass-fed beef has become more widely available but it is a little more expensive if you buy in small quantities. Here’s why it’s worth spending the extra money.
1. Lower in total fat – Because the cows graze/move rather than sit in a confined feedlot, they tend to be leaner.
2. Higher in Omega-3 - The fat they do have is higher in the healthy anti-inflammatory omega-3s and lower in the pro-inflammatory omega-6s. (1)
3. Higher in CLA - CLA is a healthy fat that research suggests may be protective against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. (2) CLA has also been shown to reduce body fat (3)
4. Higher in vitamins and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. (4)
5. More humane – Grass-fed cows eat on a diet that they are meant to eat, aren’t confined to a small space, and live a much healthier, happier life.
6. More environmentally friendly - Think about all the processing and fuel required to grow and transport grain that is fed to grain-fed cows. By allowing cows to feed on grass, they have a significantly smaller carbon footprint.
There are a few ways to keep the costs low for grass-fed beef. We buy from a local CSA but you can also do a cow share where you go in on a cow with some friends or family.
What has prevented you from buying grass-fed beef or do you already buy it?
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