The Difference Between Grass-fed and Grain-fed Beef
By Catherine Farrant
We’ve all heard the saying, 'you are what you eat' and this is definitely the case when it comes down to the meat we choose.
Grass-fed beef comes from cattle that eat only grass and other foraged foods throughout their lives, such as flowers, herbs and legumes. Whilst grain fed cattle can refer to cows who feed on grain, soy or corn.
It is important to understandthe mineral, nutrient and amino acid profiles of the two so you can make an educated decision when buying meat, stock and bone broth in London and beyond.
According to research from The British Journal of Nutrition, the diet of cattle can drastically change the nutritional profile of beef. Grass fed beef has higher levels of essential fats like CLA and more vitamins and minerals with beta-carotene and vitamin E.
In this way grass fed meat offers benefits to your cardiovascular health with less total fat, more omega-3 fatty acids and more antioxidants.
Fat soluble vitamins, A, E and K can help support a healthy immune system and grass fed fat can help you absorb this nutrients more effectively.
The fat from grass fed meat or tallow, is full of these important fats and minerals and has been an important ingredient in home kitchens for generations. Tallow is a great alternative to vegetable oils for roasting and pan frying instead as these can be inflammatory for the gut.
When you're next at the butcher or at your local shop, make sure to buy organic and grass fed where possible to ensure you are getting quality of meat and the most nutrients.
For cooking I always use Kerry Gold grass fed butter or The Tallow and always buy organic meat from British farms - www.farmdrop.com have a great range and deliver straight to your door!
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