Grass vs. Grain: What Makes Grass-Fed Beef So Much Tastier

by Mark Erb February 15, 2017 1 Comment

We have all seen beef advertised as “grass fed,” but why is that such a good thing? Is it healthier than grain-fed beef? Is it tastier? Today we will discuss the benefits of grass-fed meat, the difference between grass fed and grass finished, and specific types of beef that will leave your mouth watering.

Beef that comes from grass-fed cattle usually has a purer concentration of nutrients, antioxidants and healthy fats. Omega 3s, which are commonly found in fish – and are a very beneficial fat – are more prominent in grass-fed cuts of beef. In fact, grass-fed beef is 50 percent higher in omega 3s than cuts of regular beef, reports The Washington Post. For those of you who would like to eat healthier, but do not care too much for fish, you can still get some of the same benefits of fish from eating grass-fed beef.

By comparison, cows are fed grain generally to produce larger animals and larger quantities of meat. Livestock welfare expert Temple Grandin, quoted in The Washington Post article, has made the comparison that grain to a cow is like cake and ice cream to us. While it may make the cow happy, in the long run, it is unhealthy for a cow to subsist on a diet of grain. In turn, it is also not entirely healthy for us to eat the meat of a cow that has been eating what is essentially candy and sweets.

But what about grass-finished beef? This is another positive indicator to look for when shopping for beef. “Grass finished” simply means that the cow had been grass fed for its entire life. It essentially means that the cows had an all grass diet for their whole lives, producing high quality, healthful and delicious meat.

At Wilderness Ranch, we offer a wide variety of top grade, grass-fed beef. All of our grass-fed beef is affordable, nutritious and extremely tasty. Shop our full selection online now or call us today at 519-504-5102 to learn more.




Mark Erb
Mark Erb

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1 Response

Anne B.
Anne B.

February 18, 2017

Hi there!
That’s a great description you have for the difference between grain and grass-fed cows!

The Wash. Post article link doesn’t actually link to the article though…is that available?

p.s. This article about plant crops (full disclosure, I’m an author) has many parallels to differences you highlight between grain and grass-fed cows.
http://nautil.us/issue/34/adaptation/junk-food-is-bad-for-plants-too

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