Unfortunately, most consumers are led to believe that meat is meat, whether it’s grass fed or grain fed. So is there really a difference between the two? You betcha!
Grass fed products are lower in fat than grain fed products, by as much as one half. In fact, grass fed beef has the same amount of fat as skinless chicken! Eating lean meat helps to lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Grass fed beef is also lower in calories. For example, a 6 ounce steak from a grass fed steer has 100 fewer calories than a 6 ounce steak from a grain fed steer.
Grass fed meat is much higher in omega 3 fatty acids than in grain fed meat. Omega 3’s are considered “good” fats. They help to prevent high blood pressure, reduce the incidence of depression, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and ADD. On the flip side, grain fed meat is much higher in the “bad” fat, omega 6 fatty acids. The omega 6 to omega 3 ratio in grass fed beef is typically 2:1. In grain fed beef it’s over 20:1!
Now do you still believe that “meat is meat”?