If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant or grocery store and noticed a sign or menu note saying the beef is “grass fed,” you might be wondering what exactly the big deal is. Is there really a
difference between grain-fed and grass fed beef in Arizona?
The answer is yes, there is, and included in those differences are a number of important health benefits you have available to you when eating grass-fed beef. Here are just a few of the biggest health benefits:
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): CLA is a substance that is naturally occurring in meat products and milk, especially from sheep and cows. CLA has a lot of antioxidant properties, and could also protect against a number of severe health conditions. Beef is an outstanding source of CLA, and grass-fed beef contains two or three times as much CLA as grain-fed beef does, on average. Here in America, we consume much less CLA than people in countries like Australia, where grass-fed beef is the norm.
- Reduced risk of heart disease: CLA has demonstrated a number of anti-atherogenic effects, which helps to prevent the formation of plaque and fatty streaks inside the arteries. Studies on rodents showed grass-fed beef was more likely to prevent the occurrence of heart disease due to this fact.
- Reduced risk of some cancers: Grass-fed beef has more nutrients in it that help to block the growth and spread of cancerous cells and tumors, mostly by taking control of the cell cycle and working to reduce overall levels of inflammation.
- Assistance with weight loss: CLA helps to reduce overall body fat mass while increasing lean body mass, which means it is an outstanding tool in weight loss. Overweight individuals stand to improve their overall body composition by switching from grain-fed to grass-fed beef.
- Healthy fats: Grass-fed beef has up to two to four times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids as found in grain-fed beef, which helps people to better control their cholesterol.
- Vitamins and minerals: Grass-fed beef has a wide range of vitamins and minerals in higher levels than grain-fed beef. This includes a prominence of B-vitamins, vitamin D, carotenoids and iron. Iron in particular is especially beneficial for pregnant women or people who suffer from anemia.
- Less processing: In general, you want to eat meat that has been processed less. The beef from Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co. is much less likely to have gone through unnecessary processing than the standard grain-fed beef you’ll find in your local grocery store.
- Local: Grass-fed beef is also more likely to be local, which is important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it’s easier to verify where the beef came from, and to trust its quality. Second, it does not have to travel nearly as far to get to its shipping destination, meaning it’s more likely to be fresh. And of course, it helps to support the local economy.
For more information about grass-fed beef in Arizona, contact our team today at Arizona Grass Raised Beef Co.