Sunday, September 18, 2011

Grass Fed Beef VS. Supermarket Beef

We all either go to or have been at a supermarket at some point, and we have all seen those Styrofoam trays holding those cuts of red beef nicely wrapped up and stamped with a price... but what is that really?

What is supermarket meat?
Supermarket meat is from animals raised on a chemical treated fields, then sent to feedlots where they are fed corn and soy byproducts, given hormones to make them grow big faster, the given antibiotics to cure any diseases they may pick up in these slums, then shipped off to a slaughter house where there is a assembly line of killing, butchering, then wrapped up and sent to some supermarket somewhere, then laid out under bright lights where you pick it up bring it home and cook it for your family.

What is grass fed meat?
These are cattle that are raised on a farm full of greens the cow can eat. Grass and leaves etc are the cows true diet not the corn, grain, etc that most places are feeding their cows. Cows are normally led to a different pasture every couple days to allow grazing on the best grass with most nutrition, this allows the grass to rebuild and grow before the cow is moved back to that spot, it works as nature intended the circle.. a cow eats the grass, takes what it needs from it, poops out the remaining, that is broken down by worms, etc and turned back into rich soil to grow more grass that in turn the cow will again eat. These cattle are not pumped full of hormones to make them grow big, they are allowed to grow as nature intended which takes more time... of course! I seem to find that grass fed cattle are just more happy and healthy, which leads to the need of less antibiotics, chemicals, treatments, etc

In the past five years, more than 1,000 U.S. ranchers have switched herds to an all-grass diet. Pure pasture-raised beef still represents less than 1% of the nation's supply, but sales reached some $120 million last year and are expected to increase more than 20% a year over the next decade. Groceries like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are offering more Grass-fed products as the demand increases! This is extremely good news for both us and the cattle!

Compared to typical supermarket beef, grass-fed beef is:
~ About 3 times richer in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
~ Higher in "good" unsaturated fats and lower in "bad" saturated fats.
~ About 4 times higher in Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) content.
(CLA is a newly discovered good fat that may be a potent cancer fighter.)
~ Loaded with over 400% more of vitamin A (as beta carotene) and E.
~ Virtually no risk of Mad Cow Disease.

Why do I care about Omega 3?
Omega-3s are called "good fats" because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Grass fed Beef is even called heart-friendly. Studies have shown people who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat and are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer's disease.

But what about taste?
The taste to me tastes like BEEF but leaner and actually somehow better!
When I first bought Grass Fed beef the color threw me.. it was a deep red almost brown, not like that pink/grey stuff from the market, it also cooked up much faster, but the taste.. Mmmm the taste, it was like a whole new appreciation for the cow, not fatty, just bursting with flavor with every bite.. it brought a new meaning to the burger.. turns out you dont need to top it with every flavor under the sun to make it taste good it does that on its own! : )

The sum of this article is to show you that grass fed beef not only tastes better but is MUCH better for you!!



  1. Great post...we only buy our beef that is organic and grass fed...our SIL's parents raise beef like we always get a great deal. So nice to know where our meat is coming from.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. We also prefer naturally raised meats on our homestead! Mostly we eat wild game, grassfed bison, and naturally fed poultry.

  3. : ) Glad to see many people are choosing this wonderful meet! : )