A s pointed out in a recent article written by Stephen Ornes (“What the Cow Eats”), local grass-fed beef has many economic and environmental benefits for everyone from local farmers and consumers to local ecosystems and communities. It is important also note that grass-fed beef is actually different from grain-fed beef on a nutritional level. These differences have been examined by many evidence-based research studies and the findings are consistent. Here’s what you need to know:
5 Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef:
1) Less Total Fat Grass-fed beef is consistently lower in total fat than grain-fed beef. This makes it a good choice for those of us on a heart- healthy diet, watching how much fat we eat. However, as Ornes pointed out, this may also make the meat a little drier and tougher, which can easily be overcome by cooking the meat for longer periods of time at lower temperatures and in liquids.
2) Fewer Calories Because the meat has less fat, it is also lower in calories. This can be helpful for those of us trying to watch our waistline yet still hoping to include meat in our diet.
3) More Omega-3 Fatty Acids According to the research, omega-3s play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, depression, and cancer. Getting more omega- 3s in your diet will benefit your overall health.
4) More Vitamin A and E Vitamin A and E have both been shown to play a role in proper human development and growth. Grass is rich in Vitamin A and E precursors, and when cows are raised on grass, these precursors are stored in their meat. This can sometimes tint the fat in the grass-fed beef yellow; however, it doesn’t change the quality of the meat.
5) More Antioxidants Cancer- fighting antioxidants also are found at higher levels in grass-fed beef. These antioxidants can help protect body cells and prevent cells from premature aging.
So why not invest in local grass-fed beef?. Not only will you be supporting your local farmers and local economies, but you also will be investing in your health and well-being. Go to www.localtable.net, click on farm guide to find it at a local farm near you. In case you need some inspiration for how to use your local grass-fed beef, here is one healthy recipe that will help your beef stand out: