‘Grass-fed’ is a trending term in the health and wellness world, but is grass-fed really better?
The short answer is a resounding ‘YES’ – but there is a caveat.
There are SO MANY local farmers and ranchers (especially here in Texas!) who truly care about their process and the health of their cattle. Picking up your meat directly from a market or co-op takes the uncertainty out of the quality or your purchase.
But you have to be careful at the grocery store. Just because a cut of meat has a ‘grass-fed’ sticker slapped across the wrapping, it doesn’t mean that grains or other genetically modified foods have been excluded from the diet of the cattle.
This ambiguous and unregulated label ( along with other package claims like ‘Natural’, ‘Organic’, and ‘USDA Inspected’) speaks nothing to the environment that the cattle has been raised in.
Conventional methods for raising cattle include shoving them in small spaces and feeding them a cheap highly processed diet. This makes for a stressful environment and leads to a more fatty and less tender cut at the end of the day! These are also all details that grocery store labels conveniently do not have to consider.
Truly natural grass-fed cattle have plenty of space to roam and are not forcefully confined. The ranchers practice rotational grazing and prioritize methods to keep the grass abundant and fertile.
As a result, the end product is generally loaded with antioxidants and lower in fat. And the fats it does contain are heart-healthy fats like Omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA).