Grass Fed Beef Versus Grain Fed Beef

The recent increasing popularity of organic products has sparked a debate about the benefits of grass-fed beef against the price you pay for it. It is 2 – 3x supermarket price tag worth it? The biggest problem is most likely that the benefits to the overall health of the consumption of grain-fed beef conventional corn or grass fed beef. This article will discuss the differences in how the fed and grain-fed beef grass are created, processed and ultimately affect your health.


How cattle are will determine the quality and species composition of the flesh. There are three phases in the process:

Phase 1 This is the infant stage the calf is born, consume only their mother’s milk, and finally eating grass in a pasture at 7-9 months of age the first time.

Step 2 This step is where the type of feeding methods changed in the process. This phase will last from the end of Phase 1 just before slaughter to produce meat. grass fed beef eating the grass of the earth, while grain will eat a variety or different grains in many cases in a closed environment.

Phase 3: This phase was completed just before the harvest, which involves rapid growth. Some manufacturers use the grain at this stage, although the title was exclusively grass fed at this point. This is the time when cattle increase in weight faster than any other time. How to feed radically change the weight of the product and the quality of the finished meat.

Your butchers shop or supermarket provide four types of meat ranging from exposure to the fiber.

1 Beef – Beef is the Phase 1 above. It has never been fed grain and especially that men do not produce milk are also less valuable than adults.

2 or 100% organic grass fed – animals who have spent their entire lives in a pasture.

3 Initially grass fed beef, but it ended in phase 3 with the grain.

4 grain fed beef raised in a conventional manner and did not eat grass in a pasture at all.

This list (which is not surprising) is also the end of most to least expensive.


Unfortunately, research on this topic is quite limited because it is not a popular public concern. With limited data, we will compare the two extremes – 100% grain-fed beef grass-fed and 100%.

A research group has made ​​a comparison of grass-fed samples and grain-fed beef using different farms in the United States inland. Having in this way samples takes into account the various regions of different quality in both cereal and grass as food. I tried the same meat is meat that you can find in a supermarket. All farms are suppliers of meat to grocery stores, restaurants, a local hamburger, etc.

The results are not too surprising the nutritional profiles of the two types are very similar.

The fat of grass-fed beef is dark yellow, probably due to increased amounts of vitamin A and carotenoids

A little less marbling (bold lines in meat) in grain fed which makes it a little thinner

A little less saturated, but more omega-3 fats and saturated grain-fed beef (but not much) fat

– The proportion of omega6 to omega-3 is much lower in grain fed beef at 2.45 compared to 9.6 for grass-fed beef. The omega fatty acids are known to have anti-inflammatory effect and is much better properties.

There was another study that examined the effect of the use of cereals in the last two months of Livestock Development. The results showed that the longest grain is used, the more saturated fats were produced. This is contrary to previous research. The results were the same.

Overall, the results have two types of omega fatty meat very similar just with better grass-fed beef.

human benefits

We took a look at research involving the meat itself, but what about giving the man and see the results? Another group made ​​a 4-week trial where two groups of people of flesh that was good grass fed or grain in the final phase of growth were fed. Subjects underwent blood tests showed that the group of grass-fed beef had significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the proportion of lower / omega-3 and omega-6 levels more high DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is a fatty acid fish has been shown in research to improve memory and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Based on these results, we did not eat much fish to get the benefits of DHA grass fed beef get, even if the amount is not significant.

Grain fed beef trade is notorious for antibiotics and artificial hormones are treated like cattle in captivity. Meat from grass-fed beef can help reduce the risk of exposure. The evidence in this area is very limited so that a portion thereof is speculation.

Grass Fed Beef Versus Grain Fed Beef

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