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1. Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner than grain-fed beef.

This translates to a much lower intake of calories, especially if measured over a long period of time such as a year. Cattle was not designed to eat grains, but over time the drive for profit has meant that farmers have turned to grain to feed up their cattle faster. Unfortunately, this translates to grain-fed cattle having a much higher quantity of fat, which is of an extremely poor quality (saturated fat). Grass-fed cattle have a much lower quantity of fat throughout the meat.

2. Grass fed cattle has a high ratio of omega 3 fatty acids.

When meat is this lean it lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Grass-fed beef has anywhere from two to six times higher omega 3 levels than grain-fed beef. The benefits from this higher intake of omegas are outstanding.

3. Higher levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).

Grass-fed beef has as much as 5 times the amount of CLA than grain-fed beef. CLA is a type of fat which not only might be important for preventing weight gain, but new research suggests that it might also help with preventing various cancers.

4. Healthier cattle.

Grass-fed cattle are left to roam freely and are not crowded in confined spaces where the spread of disease is almost certain. Healthier cattle mean less or no antibiotic use, which benefits us as the consumer. Furthermore, infections like E Coli, that can be deadly for children or the elderly, are almost non-existent in grass-fed cattle.

5. Grass fed beef is higher in Vitamin E.

Most Adults are deficient in this essential antioxidant. Grass-fed beef has been found to have four times the amount of Vitamin E than grain-fed beef. This equates to a lowered risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers.

6. Decrease environmental impact.

This may not seem like a health benefit as such but in addition to the direct impact our food makes on our body, we should be considering the long-term impact our choices as consumers make on the environment. Grass-fed cows improve soil fertility in the long term, have less of an impact on our water quality, and do not increase soil erosion.
Unfortunately most consumers believe that ‘meat is meat’, that no matter what an animal is fed, the end product is the same. As we have illustrated above, grass-fed beef may be more expensive but the health, ethical, and environmental advantages make it worth it. An animal’s diet can have a profound influence over the nutrient content the meat provides to us, and it is up to us to choose quality over quantity, and put our families and our health first.