Beef is better grass-fed, studies show

Grass-fed beef really is better for you, according to research. While common sense has already suggested this information long ago, it’s great to see science backing it up now.

Researchers have found that grass-fed beef contains higher nutrients and a lower amount of potentially harmful bacteria.

The American Grassfed Association (AGA) has a certification program to ensure that AGA beef meets their standards. According to them, grass-fed animals are only “those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones.”

Conventionally raised livestock are usually fed corn and soy, to fatten them up faster, according to Glenn A. Nader, a natural resources farm adviser for the University of California Cooperative Extension.

A 2010 study published by Nader and his colleagues found that grass-fed beef was higher in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and beta-carotene. Additionally, a study published this year by Consumer Reports found that beef from conventionally raised livestock was three times more likely to contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

If there’s anything you don’t want to experience in life, it’s antibiotic-resistant food borne illness.


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