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Really, How Much Better Is Grass-Fed Beef?


Health & Wellness  (tags: diet, food, grass-fed beef, grain-fed beef, health, research, humans, nutrition, study )

Carrie
- 326 days ago - refinery29.com
With all the hype around the term "grass-fed," you may be wondering - what exactly does it mean, and is grass-fed beef really that much better?



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Lona Goudswaard (67)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:36 am
"The answer is a definite YES."
And may I add that the milk from grass-fed cows is definitely healthier and tastier too.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:06 am
Yes, and It should be organic grass. Cows, goats and sheep also like to eat clover and other plants.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:15 am
For me a live animal is much better!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:22 am
Grass fed cows are much healthier. The feed given to cows is often loaded with antibiotics and other nasty stuff.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:49 am
...and the corn feed is probably GMO corn...just more reasons to go and stay organic!..for humans and the earth!
 

Birgit W. (140)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:40 am
Absolutely YES.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:24 am
Grass fed and grass finished, if you eat beef.
Thanks for sharing Carrie.
 

Kate Kenner (202)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 2:51 pm
In my book the animals are still dying so there is no difference for me.
 

Nan Towle (48)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:09 pm
Cows are herbivores. They mostly just eat grass, but also other plants. They have 4 stomachs designed to eat grasses. They are: Rumen, First stomach. The cow swallows grass half chewed. It is stored here where it is softened by the cow's stomach juices.

Reticulum, Second stomach. Grass is softened further and forms small wads called cuds. Each cud returns to the mouth where it is chewed 40 to 60 times and swallowed again.

Omasum :Third stomach. Chewed cud is pressed and broken down further.

Abomasum :Fourth stomach. More like a human stomach, here the cow's stomach juices finally digest the broken-down cud and pass it through to the intestines. Nutrients then cruise through the blood to where they are needed.

Grasses are infinitely healthier for the cows ( and if you will anyone who eats meat, drinks milk) . This is because you by pass all the hormones, the antibiotics pumped into them, their feed. If they are out grazing, they are in a healthier environment that promotes well being, instead of "factory farm" containment where there is no ventilation, urine and feces collect, diseases and sickness spreads, now more antibiotics, and less stress.

When we eat poor quality foods, or put in bad fuel into our cars, we feel poorly, get sick, our cars don't run well or seize up all together. So, YES, GRASSFED would be right! It shouldn't be a surprise, it should be the norm!
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:32 pm
Can't afford alot of meat anymore, so haven't had to worry about the beef...but will remember if I ever get a chance to buy it on sale. Thanks, nice to know the difference.
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:35 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Laurie H. (689)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:30 pm
I'm with Ruth on this one---Love animals alive---TY so much Carrie & Happy Labor Day Weekend to all!!!~xoxoxo~
 

D D. (107)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:47 pm
Thanks.
 

Inge Bjorkman (128)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:13 am
Please, let them live they are so beautiful

Love
 

Kim Ireland (23)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 1:18 am
Grass fed cows in a field is far better for the animal and humans that consume the meat and dairy products - chemical feed supplements such as those full of antibiotics get into the meat and milk and thus into humans and they wonder why there are so many viruses and bugs that are resistant to antibiotics its not so much the bugs are resistant that humans natural immunie systems have been recduced drastically - Natural and Organic are the best for all concerned
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 9:31 am
I'll have to say it's def better. But i still wish they weren't being raised only to be slaughtered 4 human consumption. They suffer just the same grass fed or not. Thanks Carrie
 

. (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 10:22 am
It would probably be a lot better. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.
 

monka blanke (74)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 11:59 am
It would be better, like eggs from hens who can walk freely, not caged.
 

Muriel Servaege (38)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 2:24 pm
Yes, absolutely. Much better.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 3:47 pm
There's a WORLD of difference. Cruelty, hormones and chemicals are not conducive to healthy eating. I gave up beef sometime back because it no longer tastes good to me.. Chicken tastes awful. Mess with nature, and nothing is right anymore. I will eat fish, but no more met pour moi.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 4:29 pm
Noted. Good article!
 

Winn Adams (190)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 7:33 pm
Noted
 

Ann B. (140)
Monday September 2, 2013, 12:08 pm
noted - thanks for posting
 

Connie O. (40)
Monday September 2, 2013, 6:16 pm
article won't open....
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:10 am
Noted, but how does one know how the livestock was fed? Virtually impossible to find out. Meat is not what it used to be and I rarely eat it now.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 1:04 pm
Noted
 
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