It’s not as simple as, ‘grain-fed cows eat grains and grass-fed cows eat grass.’
1. GRASS-FED MEATS ARE NOT FILLED WITH HORMONES AND TOXINS
Grain-fed meats contain the wrong fatty acids with obesity causing hormones. In order for the cow to gain rapid weight, a diet of grains, corn, soy, supplements, hormones, and antibiotics are fed to them. In addition, the cattle food often has mold so you are essentially ingesting the toxins from this.
2. GRASS-FED MEATS ARE HIGHER IN OMEGA-3s
Grass-fed meats contain more healthy omega-3 fats, higher in B-vitamins, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. Omega-6 and omega-3 fats are important for your body to control daily metabolic processes and your body can’t produce there two fats on its own; you get them from food. The omega-3 content in grain-fed beef is so low it is not enough to meet daily dietary requirements. Having grain-fed beef completely throws off the balance of your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio; it puts your omega-3 far too low where omega-6 competes in the body. While omega-6 fats are necessary for things like muscle growth and brain function, it can also cause chronic inflammation and other common healthy problems related to skewed omega ratios.
3. GRASS-FED MEATS HAVE HIGHER LEVELS OF CLA
CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a type of naturally occurring trans-fatty acid that causes weight loss and improves brain function; grass-fed meat contains a higher CLA profile. Without throwing more words like monosaturated fats and omega ratios, because I can see you rolling your eyes already, lets put this simply: grass-fed cows get a much more nutritious diet therefore so are you.
4. IT IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
60% of all corn and 50% of all total grains grown in the United States goes to feed livestock. We are sacrificing our environment to plant them for animals…
Grass-fed cattle promotes a more sustainable agriculture and can actually help enhance the farm landscape; when the cattle is rotated properly between pasture fields, they can actually help the grass grow faster and to spread. Grazing cows help the grass to grow with their natural fertilizer that is free from any chemicals and hormones.
5. PASTURE ANIMALS ARE TREATED MORE HUMANELY
We've all been shoved with flyers by Vegans about the cruelties of modern factory farming techniques. Pasture raised livestock are not cooped up in cages like sardines. Be sure to check labels for animal welfare standards!