Understanding Why Grass-Fed Beef is Better for Your Health

25 September 2017
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When it comes to red meat that's superior in taste, grass-fed beef is quite high on the list. Unlike cows that eat a diet of corn, these cows live off grass alone. As most good chefs know, an animal's fat influences a lot of the way meat tastes. As grass has a better nutrient profile than most animal feeds, it makes the fat taste better. This then gives the beef a better taste overall.

The beef's flavour aside, you may read a lot about the health benefits this meat brings. Understanding more about them may influence whether you choose it over corn-fed beef.

It reduces the risk of heart disease

Cows that eat grass are generally leaner, which means they have less fat. Eating a diet that's high in the saturated fat many animals have contributes to heart disease, as saturated fat is high in bad cholesterol, which in turn narrows arteries. In addition, the fat these cows do have contains more omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for the heart, as it reduces inflammation. In short, the fat your grass-fed beef contains is superior to that of corn-fed animals.

It can help to combat chronic disease

With the inflammation-busting benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in mind, it's worth recognising how they can tackle chronic disease. Many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and Crohn's disease, cause sufferers to experience ill effects due to inflammation. Research shows that adding more of these fatty acids to your diet dilates the blood vessels, reduces the risk of thrombosis, and lowers blood glucose. While there are other ways to add them to your diet, if you enjoy the taste of grass-fed beef, you can at least rest assured it's better for preventing and managing a chronic disease state than a corn-fed alternative.

You'll encounter fewer hormones and antibiotics

In some cases, cows that rely on a corn-fed diet also rely on hormones that'll artificially increase their weight. In addition, those that come from farms with limited space may depend on antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease. This is especially the case in factory farms. This approach to farming contributes to the increase in antibiotic resistance in humans, and some parts of the world ban the use of hormones in farming due to concerns about carcinogenicity. In contrast, organic and grass-fed animals are much less likely to encounter both substances.

While there are no long-term studies that focus on this topic, the evidence does point towards grass-fed beef being healthier. If you want to improve your diet, why not consider giving it a try?