So, what’s the big deal about grass-fed and grass-finished meat? Grain-fed animals produce meat and dairy products dramatically higher in dangerous, inflammation-producing omega-6 fats. Simultaneously, grain-fed animals are deficient in the healthy, heart-protective, immune-enhancing, and brain-friendly omega-3s. It is these such alterations in fat ratios that translate directly into the health issues we fear most, such as coronary artery disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more.
There is a significant difference between “conventionally” raised meat from feedlots and “100% grass-fed” meat raised in open pastures. Nearly all calves are fed grass at some point in their lives, yet they lose omega-3 fatty acids as soon as they start eating grain. Additionally, grain-fed animals have lower levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as lower levels of beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. The bottom line is that grazing animals are meant to eat grass, and the lack of fiber in their diets not only affects their health: it greatly diminishes the nutritional content of the meat for human consumers.
It can be difficult to find a reliable source of quality, 100% grass-fed meat, beef that’s never been treated with hormones or antibiotics or fed GMO grain. Know your facts and, even more importantly, go to the right source to ensure you are getting what you paid for.