100% GRASS FED-GRASS FINISHED BEEF VS. GRAIN FED (CAFO) BEEF
What is the Difference? When it comes to beef or ANY protein source for that matter, I for one definitely want to know where its coming from and heres why!
Cattle that are 100% grass-fed live and graze on free range grassy pastures throughout their life. They are never put in CAFO’s (concentrated animal feeding operations) and are rarely stressed by their environment due to the fact they are free to roam throughout the duration of their lives
Grain-fed cattle start their lives on a pasture, but are later moved to feedlots with NO grass
Grass-fed cattle eat their natural diet of green grass, and may receive other grasses like silage and hay when weather conditions don’t allow for grazing
Grain-fed in the feedlot cattle are primarily fed grains like corn and soy and distiller grains which are a byproduct of ethanol production. They may also be given animal byproducts like bone-blood and feather-meal
Grass-fed cattle because they eat grass & get plenty of exercise have less fat, 3x the amount healthy Omega 3’s, less inflammatory Omega 6’s, more CLA which can speed fat loss and help fight cancer while providing a higher portion of vitamin E, B-vitamins, calcium, carotenoids, magnesium, and potassium
Grain-fed due to their grain based diet and time in the feedlot tend to be higher in fat, and lower in key nutrients found in grass. It also tastes much different than grass-fed
Grass-fed cattle are NEVER given growth hormones or antibiotics
Grain-fed are routinely given growth hormone to speed growth, antibiotics and other drugs to prevent the spread of disease within feedlot operations, something to think about given the fact those same drugs administered to the animal will be absorbed within your digestive system when eaten
Did you know that 97% of the beef for sale in the U.S. is grain-fed and processed in feedlots?
Because of crowded conditions, these cattle are often fed antibiotics to help prevent the spread of disease. We are encouraged by the FDA’s new guidelines this year to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion, but widespread use of antibiotics to control outbreaks can still lead to the creation of “superbugs” (aka antibiotic resistant bacteria) as documented by Consumer Reports 2015. These superbugs can limit the effectiveness of routinely administered antibiotics used to treat and prevent infections in humans. Grain-fed cattle can also grow to an unnatural weight due to the administration of growth hormones and fillers like corn, soy, and animal byproducts. When we eat animals that are not healthy - we become unhealthy!
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