A reader recently emailed a great question: “My kids are telling me I should be buying grass-fed beef because it’s healthier, is this true? And if so, why are all cows not fed grass?
|Is Grass-Fed Beef Healthier?|
Answer: The short answer to the first part of your question is yes – studies show grass-fed beef is a much healthier choice than corn-fed (or grain-fed) beef for a number of reasons:
- Grain-fed cows experience many health problems including bacterial infections that require antibiotics.
- Grass-fed beef is higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids ALA, EPA, and DHA. Meat from feedlot animals (grain-fed) has been found to contain only 15-50 percent as much omega-3s as meat from grass-fed cattle.
- Meat from grass-fed livestock is four times higher in vitamin E.
- Grass-fed meat is higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient associated with lower cancer risk.
Unhealthy Cows Make Unhealthy Beef
Currently grass-fed beef is available in the U.S. at stores such as Whole Foods Market and Sprouts. And here’s the great part – Not only are you eating healthier meat when you choose grass-fed, but you’ll also find that grass-fed beef tastes better, and is less expensive in many cases too.
Article by Melissa Miller