Improving the Reputation of Beef

Beef has often gotten a bad rap for having high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. But switching to grass-fed beef is the answer for beef-lovers looking for a healthier option.

The diet of grain at factory farms largely contributes to the negative aspects of eating beef. Cattle were not designed to eat grain, and this diet prevents them from producing naturally occurring fat found in grass-fed beef. Grain-fed beef also has more saturated fat (50%) than grass-fed beef (10%).

According to Mercola, compared to grain-fed cattle, grass-fed beef is:

Two to four times richer in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids

Higher in “good” unsaturated fats and lower in “bad” saturated fats

Three to five times higher in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) content

Loaded with more than 400% more of vitamin A (as beta carotene) and E

Virtually devoid of risk of Mad Cow Disease