Grass fed beef is much leaner than traditional grain fed beef. In fact, a portion of grass fed beef contains the same fat content as the same portion of skinless chicken. Not only does a leaner, more hearty muscles make up mean lower cholesterol, but grass fed beef is said to have a more beefy flavor than grain fed beef. Don’t take our word for it, here’s what Food Network’s Alton Brown had to say about Grass fed beef.
Grass fed beef has up to 6 times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain fed beef, the same fatty acids that make supplements like Flaxseed oil and Fish oil such a good dietary addition. People who take in large amounts of omega-3s are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s, and rheumatoid arthritis.
“Grain Fed” sounds pretty good, but it’s a little misleading. A more accurate name would be “Corn, Candy and Food Waste Fed”. Grain fed cattle are fed 90% corn, and 10% other foods including candy, bakery waste, potato waste, chicken litter, meat processing waste, and the list goes on. In fact in recent news, the drought has caused more grain fed farmers to increase the amount of “others” as the corn supply decreases and prices rise. But don’t worry, these farmers make sure that they dose their cattle with a fair amount of Antibiotics and Hormones to ensure that they mature quick enough despite the completely unnatural diet that they consume. In fact, hormones account for roughly a 10-15% growth increase in cattle.
But again, don't take our word for it, here's CNN reporting on the how grain fed cattle farmers are getting "creative" with how they make their profits during a corn shortage: