Why Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished?

Because Grass-Fed beef actually tastes like beef is supposed to taste. The flavour, look, smell, and texture of Grass-Fed beef differs slightly from grain-fed beef; it is less bland. Most enjoy it immediately because of its fuller, richer flavour. Those who grew up in Europe may delight in rediscovering the flavour they remember.

A big bonus is that for four pounds of cooked ground beef only about six ounces of fat drain off. The fat is a completely different colour than grain-fed beef. It is nearly clear and much thinner. This is an interesting physical confirmation of the huge difference there is in the fat between these two types of food.

 

Why Recommend Eating Only Organic Grass-Fed Animals?

Besides the great flavour, a lot of research supports this recommendation in various ways. In summary: The natural diet for ruminant animals, such as cattle, is grass. When left to feed on grass-only diets, levels of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, are three to five times higher than those fed grain-based diets. And that’s just for starters. A joint effort between the USDA and Clemson University researchers in 2009 determined a total of 10 key areas where Grass-Fed beef is better than grain-fed for human health:

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in total omega-3s
  3. Higher in beta-carotene
  4. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  5. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  6. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  7. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  8. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  9. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  10. The saturated fats linked with heart disease are lower

Find out more about why certain red meat can be healthy.

“Edgar’s beef was the highest for total omega-3s and among the best omega-3 to 6 ratio of the 160 samples of retail meat that we studied”

~ John Church
Associate Professor
Thompson Rivers University
Cattle Research Chair

Natural Pastures Beef is 100% Organic Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished. Regeneratively Farmed, it is Cooling our Planet!

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Grass-fed beef compared with other types of meat

 

What about food safety?

100 percent Grass-Fed animals have an extremely low risk of BSE. That is because their diets contain only natural pasture ingredients. They eat what nature intended: grasses and other green plants. Research shows that choosing products from Grass-Fed animals may lower your risk of two other food borne illnesses, campylobacter and E. coli.
Learn more about food safety and how Natural Pastures Beef is processed.

A Word About Trans Fats

A new website helps consumers understand natural trans fats. As a result of new research, the site presents fresh thinking on trans fats – from health recommendations, to food choices to nutrition labeling. While a growing amount of evidence continues to suggest that industrial trans fats are a major threat and should be avoided, new research has uncovered that not all trans fats are created equal. A separate family of “natural trans fats” has been identified and is found in meat and milk from ruminant animals. Natural trans fats are not harmful and may in fact have health-enhancing potential.

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