What Makes Grass-Fed Beef Superior?

May 04, 2021 07:55 PM EDT | By Patrick Jones (patrick@easynative.com)

What Makes Grass-Fed Beef Superior?
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Beef, which is the culinary name for meat derived from the flesh of an ox, bull, or cow, is one of the major sources of protein, and it has plenty of nutrients. What most people don't know is the source of beef also plays an important role in how it'll affect health. Essentially, the quality of beef produced by cattle heavily relies on the quality of their diet.

Qualities Of Grass-Fed Beef

 Both grain-fed and grass-fed cattle start drinking milk and eating grass, but farmers who commercially or conventionally raised cattle transition their produce's diet to grain-based as soon as they're between seven months to a year old. This diet includes corn and soy, which are unnatural for cows but will help boost profit margins since both choices promote obesity.

In today's health-conscious world, more and more people have now decided to opt for the former option when it comes to their choice of beef because, as supported by many pieces of research, grass-fed beef is said to be more beneficial than its conventional counterpart.

Thus, this article will provide some reasons why grass-fed beef, which is available at Silver Fern Farms, is much more superior. 

What Makes Grass-Fed Beef Superior?
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Perfect For Weight Loss

Grass-fed beef is said to contain less fat compared to grain-fed beef, which means the former option is said to contain fewer calories. Despite containing fewer calorie counts, it'll still satisfy your hunger even faster than grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef is the perfect option for those seeking to reduce their calorie intake due to various reasons such as losing weight and improving their health. 

Furthermore, the reason why beef from grass-fed cattle has lower total fat content than grain-fed ones is their clean and natural diet. As much as possible, grass-fed cattle aren't fed with synthetic chemicals since it may affect their produce. 

In addition to having less fat, Silver Fern Farm's 100% grass fed beef, or any other sources of grass-fed beef, is said to contain more healthy fat than grain-fed beef. In fact, it's said that grass-fed beef has six times more omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats, than grain-fed beef. 

To put things in perspective, here are some of the benefits you'll gain when you increase your intake, but not too much, of omega-3 fatty acids: 

  • It may help with inflammation, making it perfect to alleviate the signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Said to have a positive correlation with one's mental well-being, hence it may fight depression and anxiety.

Promote Antioxidants And Vitamin A

By adding antioxidants into your diet, you may help guard your cells against the dangers of free radicals like aging, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more. The production of free radicals is encouraged when you digest red meat, high glycemic foods (refined sugar and carbs), and alcohol. Also, free radicals may arise due to exposure to smoking and radiation. 

Fortunately, grass-fed beef is said to be rich in antioxidants. Hence, by switching to grass-fed beef, you may help prevent the formation of cancer and reduce your risk of any cardiovascular diseases. 

Moreover, grass-fed beef is said to contain higher levels of vitamin A. This means when you consume grass-fed beef, you'll harness the following benefits brought by vitamin A:

  • Helps protect your eyes from night blindness
  • May lower your risk of certain types of cancers
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Prevents acne formation
  • Supports proper formation of bones

Contains Electrolytes

Electrolytes are chemicals responsible for regulating nerve and muscle function, balancing your blood's acidity, helping rebuild damaged tissue, and, most importantly, hydrating the body. 

If you're on a keto diet or have an active lifestyle, you may have heard of the importance of electrolytes. By having insufficient levels of electrolyte, you may experience various symptoms like the 'keto flu' and dehydration. 

Fortunately, consuming grass-fed beef, which has become one of the hottest diet trends, provides the necessary amounts of the three essential electrolytes, namely sodium, magnesium, and potassium. As estimated, by eating a strip of grass-fed beef, you'll receive 49 mg of magnesium, 118 mg of sodium, and 732 mg of potassium. This amount would already suffice to prevent the symptoms mentioned above. 

Conclusion

Grass-fed beef is superior to grain-fed as stated above. However, since the latter can be mass-produced in a short period, it's way cheaper than the former. That's why many people opt for conventionally-raised cattle.

Still, if you want to gain the benefits of grass-fed beef, it won't hurt to shed a couple of bucks since it's going to be a worthwhile investment for your health anyway. Fortunately, it's easy to arrange with a supplier so you'll have convenient access to grass-fed beef, allowing you to smoothly shift your diet to a more beneficial one.

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