Debate has raged for some time about the benefits of grass-fed beef over the alternative – grain-fed cattle.
Grass-fed cattle survive on a diet solely consisting of pasture greens, rather than enjoying grains and other supplements for rapid weight gain.
Often cows that are grain-fed are given a concoction of chemicals, including hormones and antibiotics, so they can survive their living conditions and weigh more, making more money for farmers.
Here are some reasons why making the switch to grass-fed beef will be good for you, the cows and the environment.
Better for the beef eater
This type of organic beef does not contain any pesticides, antibiotics or harmful chemicals so you can rest assured knowing what you are consuming is as natural as possible.
Not only that, but the natural meat they produce is higher in essential fatty acids omega 3s that are considered “good fats” while having a lower percentage of “bad fat”.
Grass-fed beef also boasts higher levels of iron and zinc, essential minerals to help the body. Meat is full of nutrients and is an excellent source of protein – choosing healthier versions of this diet staple will help to ensure you are as healthy as possible, too.
Better for the cows
Rather than being pumped full of chemicals and kept in close quarters, cows raised on pasture live a life of luxury.
They lead a healthier and more natural life and are not wedged into tight spaces with their peers.
Less environmental impact
Grass-fed beef production is kinder to the environment – fewer chemicals are required and the droppings left by these animals go on to fertilise the next generation of crops, rather than stacking up and contributing to pollution levels.
Plus, the corn often used to feed grain-raised beef is produced using a high level of fossil fuels, which contributes to climate change.