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Health Benefits of Organic Grass-fed Beef

What is it? What is the difference?
Organic fed BeefIt should be no secret that beef from grass-fed cattle is much better for humans than their grain-fed counterparts. Unfortunately, most of the beef consumed in America comes from grain-fed cattle. Grass-fed beef, as the name implies, is beef that comes from cows who are fed a diet of mainly grass. Cattle are naturally grass-eating animals, so it should be no wonder that the grass-fed beef is much healthier for humans than grain-fed beef. Taken one step further, organic beef comes from cattle raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. As will be discussed, this is the optimal way to get your beef, but if you cannot or do not want to take it so far, it is extremely important to at least eat grass-fed beef.

Why grass-fed?
Grass-fed beef is not just leaner and healthier than grain-fed beef, it is also safer to consume. One of the main concerns with grain-fed beef, and justifiably so, is the presence of E. coli. E. coli is a deadly bacteria that can be found, rarely, in beef. While eating e. coli contaminated beef is uncommon, if not very rare, eating grass-fed beef almost completely eliminates the risk of consuming any of this deadly bacteria. According to scientific research done by Cornell University grass-fed cattle has as much as 80% less of the deadly strain of E. coli in their stomachs than corn-fed cattle1.
Grass-fed beef is also healthier for your body—not just less dangerous, and better for the environment. In general, grass-fed beef is leaner and contains less fat than grain-fed beef. It is also richer in omega fatty acids which promote brain and heart health. Organic grass-fed cattle are raised in environmentally sustainable ways, which means less long-term damage to the earth.

Where can I get it?
Organic grass-fed beef can be hard to obtain. The best way is to find local producers and speak to them directly. That way, you can get first-hand knowledge of what your are buying and how the cows are raised. If you don’t live in an area where this is possible, there are many reliable and safe alternatives. Local farmer’s markets are a good way to talk to the growers themselves. Finally, specialized supermarkets such as Whole Foods sell organic grass-fed beef. Whole Foods, and other such grocers, are excellent and legitimate sources for organic grass-fed beef. If you are eating grain-fed beef you are putting yourself at risk not just for disease, but also for long-term health complications. We highly recommend making the switch to organic grass-fed beef as soon as possible.

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