Grass Fed VS Grain Fed Meats – Is It Worth It?
You are what you eat, and what you eat, ate
Meat provides an excellent profile of essential amino acids but the source of meat is also very important. Grass-fed, grass-finished meat is far superior in nutrition (and taste, in our opinion) than their conventionally raised counterpart.
The conventionally raised cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn and are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. The cows live there for a few months and are then moved into the factory for slaughtering.
Why should buy grass-fed meats over conventional meats?
- Higher in Omega-3 fats: anti-inflammatory and stress fighting properties.
- Higher in carnitine: aids in fat use for fuel, improves blood glucose and combats ageing and disease on the mitochondria.
- Higher in glutamine: promotes muscle growth and a gut healing nutrient.
- Glycine and glutathione: responsible for immune support.
- CLA (the good kind of fat): anti-inflammatory and promotes immune support.
- Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals: carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, are precursors to vitamin A. The yellow characteristic in grass-fed fat is due to the high carotenoid diet.
- High in zinc, promotes healthy androgen levels.
- Iron: energy production.
- Magnesium: anti-inflammatory and stress fighting properties.
Hopefully, we can agree that when it comes to meat, quality makes a huge difference. Grass-fed red meats are far superior in nutrients than their grain-fed counterpart. You are getting what you pay for.