There is a large difference in nutritional value between beef that is grass-fed (pasture-fed) and grain-fed (feedlot-fed). It is seemingly the same product, but in reality has many differences. By eating grass-fed, you can:
Increase your Vitamin E intake, which helps protect your cells from free radicals: Beef from pastured cows is up to four times higher in Vitamin E than beef from feedlot cattle
Increase your CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) intake, which helps with weight control and lowers the risk of diabetes and cancer: Beef from pastured cows will have three to five times more amounts CLA than beef from feedlot cattle
Decrease your risk of E. coli contamination: Beef cows raised on a pasture diet have dramatically lower risks of E. coli contamination when compared to beef from feedlot cattle
Increase your Omega-3 fatty acid intake: Beef from pastured cows has two to four times more Omega-3 fat than beef from feedlot cattle
The natural diet of cattle is green grass, which is naturally high in Omega-3 fats and Vitamin E. When cattle are placed on a high grain diet, they lose their source of Omega-3s and thus their ability to store Omega-3s, as well as their source of Vitamin E. Omega-3 fats or “fatty acids” are one of the “good fats” that are essential for normal growth and development. They also play a role in the prevention of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Another important fact to keep in mind is that Omega-3 fats must come from your diet because your body cannot make them.
Stop in and try some Grass-Fed Beef from our farm store in Mount Hope, NY. We hope to see you soon.