Grass-Fed Beef is Better-Fed, Better for You, Better for the Planet
Posted Oct 22 2008 4:37pm
Grass is the natural food for cattle – not grain, which is difficult for cattle to digest and can necessitate the use of antibiotics. The introduction of even a little grain into the cattle's diet diminishes the quality of the beef, reducing both health benefits and the real beef flavor.
Most beef in most supermarkets and butchers comes from gigantic industrialized meat processors, who are more concerned with their bottom line than with raising healthy cattle in humane ways.
They pack cattle into feedlots where the animals are fed grain laced with antibiotics, hormones and steroids so that they grow bigger faster and can withstand the cramped, inhumane environment. Even some so-called "grass-fed" brands can be "finished" on grain to produce rapid weight gain before market.
For the best health of humans and cows the cattle should be born, raised, and finished on a ranch, where they graze rotationally in open pastures on the tips of tall grass. Strangely enough, this sustainable approach is somewhat revolutionary nowadays, but it's the way cattle were raised for centuries and the way they're still raised in places like Argentina, which is known for its exceptional beef.
100% grass-fed beef is more than delicious: It’s a healthy alternative to conventional, grain-fed beef. It’s lower in both fat and calories than conventional beef and is a great option for beef lovers looking for heart-healthy, lower-calorie options. A 6-ounce grass-fed steak from grass-fed beef, for example, has approximately 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak finished on grain.
Grass-fed beef is also higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for enhancing heart health, as well as reducing the risk of arthritis, obesity, insulin resistance, allergies and autoimmune diseases. Conversely, grass-fed beef is lower in the Omega-6 fatty acids that may contribute to development of heart disease, cancers and depression.
Cattle that graze only on grass and plants makes beef much higher in beta-carotene, with approximately twice the amount found in grain-fed beef. Beta-carotene is helpful in reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Last but not least, grass-fed beef contains no pesticides, antibiotics or hormones, which have been linked to a host of cancers, developmental issues and immune disorders. I’m excited to share the news about an online promotion to win a Grass-Fed Cow! La Cense Grass Fed Beefis giving away packaged beef for the best ad slogans that are submitted.
I feel it's also a way to show the benefits of Grass-Fed beef, it's the way cows are supposed to eat. Healthier cows make healthier people.
I felt this type of beef and what the company stands for are extremely synergistic with my blog (green, no hormones, no pesticides, no antibiotics, higher, leaner source of protein, healthier food choice, etc). This promotion is a fun, interactive way for Whole Food And More blog readers to participate in being more “green.”
La Cense Beef, 100% grass-fed, straight-from-the-source, naturally raised beef, offers you a chance to win a freezer-full of grass-fed beef and other tasty prizes:
1 Grand Prize: A Grass-Fed Cow The Grand Prize Winner will receive packaged, frozen La Cense Beef from a grass-fed cow (approximately 50 pounds), shipped direct to you from their ranch-and a new freezer to hold it all.
3 Second Prizes Second Prize Winners will receive Select Premium Cuts of La Cense Grass-fed Beef and a $100 Gift Card.
5 Third Prizes Third Prize Winners will receive Select Premium Cuts of La Cense Grass-fed Beef and a $50 Gift Card.
The La Cense beef comes from cows that are born and raised on the La Cense ranch in Montana, far away for all you locavores out there but depending on where you live it can be hard to get local grass-fed meat. And with all the recent issues over the way that some cows are treated, it's a bit of a comfort to know exactly where your meat has come from.