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What Does Grass Finished Beef Mean?

Posted On: September 26, 2014

About 150 years ago, farmers began feeding their herds substantial amounts of grain. The grass fed meats that our ancestors ate were considerably different nutritionally from most of the meat now consumed in America. Returning to a diet of pasture-raised meats will provide numerous valuable nutritional benefits. Grass fed beef is catching on, so make sure to note the difference between grass fed vs. grass fed AND finished.

Beetnik beef is 100% grass fed and FINISHED. The emphasis on finished is there for a reason:

Grass finished means that the animal was raised on grass their entire lives and that no grain was used during the process. In some cases, grass fed animals may be fed grain during the last stages of maturity in order to fatten them up. Beetnik raises 100% grass fed & grass finished animals, meaning that our beef never comes near corn, antibiotics or hormones.

Why do we love grass fed and finished beef so much?

1. Saturated Fat Content

Grass fed meats contain significantly less saturated fat compared to grain-fed meats…. 53% less bad saturated fats compared with grain-fed beef, according to recent studies. Nutritionists, including our own nutritionist at Beetnik, strongly recommend that we reduce the amount of saturated fats in our diet.

2. Ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for healthy diets. However, it’s the balance of those fatty acids that is most important. Omega-6s compete with omega-3s, which often impedes the development of omega-3s in the human body… and this can create an imbalance that can lead to health problems.

The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is between 1:1 and 2:1. The average American diet has a ratio of between 11:1 and 30:1. Grass fed meats can help balance diets toward the level that nutritionists consider desirable. According to Dr. Loren Cordain of Colorado State University, “The case for increasing omega-3 fatty in the US diet has broad and sweeping potential to improve human health. Specifically, omega-3 fatty acids and their balance with omega-6 fatty acids play an important role in the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.”

3. According to a Clemson University comparison of Grassfed vs. Grainfed beef published in the June, 2009 issue of the Journal of Animal Science, Grassfed beef is :

(1) Lower in total fat,
(2) Higher in Beta-Carotene
(3) Higher in Vitamin E
(4) Higher in B Vitamins and Riboflavin
(5) Higher in Calcium, Magnesium, & Potassium
(6) Higher in total Omega 3′s
(7) Much healthier in its ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6
(8) Higher in CLA (a potential cancer fighter)
(9) Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA), and
(10) Lower in saturated fats linked to heart disease.

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Bon appétit, ya’ll!

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