Grassfed Beef: The Informed Decision
In recent years, we have all heard terms, such as "grassfed", "pasture-based", "free-range", "natural", "organic", "heritage breed", and even “Keto” or “Ketogenic Friendly” with reference to beef production. But be alert: these don’t often necessarily mean that the production methods mimicked God’s intended image.
Here, you’ll find questions to ask, and of course more accurately determine, how the beef you purchase is processed.
Grassfed beef products hold obviously inherent health benefits, such as being high in essential fatty acids, like Omega 3. But there is also the very finest of cooking, flavor and dining satisfaction, due to grass-fed beef’s rich nutrients and marbling.
Like fine artists, the best producers of grassfed beef successfully control multiple variables, culminating in the most satisfying of eating pleasures; The cattle breed, harvest season, the life stage of the calf or steer, what types of pasture or forage grasses, minerals within the soil, gain rate as well as harvesting procedures will all have effect on the of grassfed beef product’s quality and flavor. The best of grassfed beef will be produced late spring to early summer.
Just Say No, to Grain-Fed?
God did not intend for nature’s animals, such as cattle, bison, sheep or goats, to eat a primary or even secondary diet of grain. Ruminant livestock, such as cattle, have a special stomach, that as they graze acquires nutrients through a fermentation process prior to digestion, which by nature gives them a particular difficulty in digesting grains, with its higher carbohydrates, and frequently causing multiple disorders, such as tumors of the liver and others, as a result of grain feeding.
Farm mechanization, back around the end of World War 2, caused a glut in excess grain across the country, feeding grain to animals solved the problem of how to dispose of this excess grain, and was an easy way to make cattle grow fat faster. However, even minimal grain feeding throws healthy omega-3 / omega-6 ratios sharply off balance.
Grassfed beef is a far-less likely host for acid-resistant forms of E-Coli bacteria infestation. High-grain diets have proven to make E-coli more virulent, by making the virus resistant to the natural protections of our digestive systems.
What about beef treated with hormones or antibiotics?
While “Organic Certification” may your best guarantee that your beef products have not been given growth hormones or antibiotics, many grassfed growers and producers who are not Certified Organic register signed affidavits, declaring they do not use these products. Always be sure to ask your grassfed beef farmer or cattle rancher about this.
Was my beef raised on all grass, including finishing and harvest?
We believe that cattle and other ruminant animals should be fed direct-grazed grass and legumes, and dried hay or silage of pasture. This God’s design and intention for these animals.
Some other "all natural", "grassfed" or "organic" producers make claims of how cattle are raised, in lush green meadows; right up until the end, that is, when they’re sent to feedlots or are fattened on grain.
Always INSIST on 100% grass-grown for true grass-fed products.
Having been fed since weaning primarily on grasses and other forage plants rather than on grains. Used of domestic ruminant animals such as cattle or sheep.