In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products. Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago. Some of the things I buy are products or foods that people purchased regularly just a few generations ago, but not today. If you’re new to natural living or real food, this series will help you to better understand the benefits of certain foods or products that may be unfamiliar to you.
Why I Buy Grass Fed Beef
If you’ve bought meat at your local grocery store recently, you’ve probably noticed a higher-priced beef labeled as “grass-fed”. You may have assumed that all cows are grass fed. The truth is most cows are fed grass for a time, usually while they are still nursing. At some point, the cow is taken from its mother–and its grassy feast–and sent to a feedlot where it is fed grains, such as corn, to fatten it quickly and make it the right size for turning into cuts of beef. It’s important to note that the best version of grass-fed beef is “grass-finished”. Some sellers of grass-fed beef feed the cows grain at the end of their lives in order to fatten them quickly. I prefer beef that has been grass-fed for its whole life, and thus, is grass-finished by default.
So, what’s the big deal? Why is grass-fed beef the more appealing choice?
Here are a few of my reasons for buying grass-fed beef:
- Cows weren’t made to eat grains. Cows digest grass easily and their bodies were designed to turn grass into, well, delicious beef. Grain causes problems in a cow’s digestive system. (source)
- A grass-fed cow is a naturally healthy cow. A pastured cow who is given plenty of space to graze on fresh grass doesn’t need antibiotics. (source)
- The meat of grass-fed cows has a higher ratio of Omega-3s. (source)
- The meat of grass-fed cows is lower in fat. Now, if you’ve read my blog for long, you know that I know saturated fat is good, but the fat of feedlot cows can be filled with toxins that I don’t want in my body, so their higher fat content is not appealing. In addition, I get more meat for the money because there isn’t as much fat to count toward the total weight of the cut of beef. Finally, the amount of fat occurring on the bodies of grass-fed cows is the amount that nature intended. If cows were suppose to be fatter (or fatter faster) grass would make them so! (source)
- I don’t want to support vile Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). I won’t go into detail about this one because I don’t want to upset my more tenderhearted readers. Check out the source of my information if you are interest in more details.
- I want to support local farmers who understand how Mother Nature works and are good stewards of the bounty that she provides. It’s far less expensive for me to purchase grass-fed beef from local farmers than it is to purchase it at the grocery store. This allows me to support my local economy and the farmers who share my beliefs that the animals we eat are to be treated well in return for giving their life for our sustenance.
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