Why Our 100% Grass-fed Beef is the Best?
The American Grass-fed Association or AGA defines a grass-fed animal as one that has eaten nothing but grass and forage after weaning off their mother’s milk to the time they are harvested. Also, that they have not been fed growth hormones or antibiotics and have not been raised in confinement.
That’s the way cattle should be raised. Would you be surprised to learn that grain-fed cattle are forced to maintain an unnatural diet of soy, corn and animal byproducts? (Animal byproducts can include parts of chicken, fish, horses, pigs and even cats or dogs.) Not only are these marvelous creatures overpacked into feedlots but are given a range of growth hormones like estrogen and numerous antibiotics. A diet rich in grains creates a deadly acidic environment throughout the cow’s digestive tract which can lead to disease. While packed into their feedlots, this disease can spread rapidly, thus the need for antibiotics. That’s not all, grain-fed beef is more likely to contain some serious bacteria that have actually become resistant to antibiotics and are known commonly as superbugs. Those are some pretty disturbing facts. Now let’s take a deeper look into why grass-fed is truly better.
According to the Mayo Clinic
Grass-fed beef may have some heart-health benefits that other types of beef don't have.
When compared with other types of beef, grass-fed beef may have:
- Less total fat
- More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
- More CLA which is thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
- More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E
Consumer Reports says,
One of the most significant findings of our research is that beef from conventionally raised cows was more likely to have bacteria overall, as well as bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, than beef from sustainably raised cows.
Health Benefits and Nutritional Value of Grass-fed Beef:
A More In-depth LookCLA – (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
This fatty acid is an essential component for optimal heath. There are a number of different types of CLA, each of which provide their own benefit to your health. Our bodies cannot produce this on their own, the only way we can reap the health benefits is to consume it through our diets.
An adequate amount of CLA in one’s diet has been proven to:
- Help Build Lean Muscle
- Reduce Inflammation
- Reduce Body Fat
- Fight Cancer
- Improve Blood Sugar
- Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
CLA can be used as a major asset to athletes to increase performance on the field by assisting in building lean muscle mass. Leaner stronger muscles lead to jumping higher and running faster, all while reducing inflammation. Not to mention how great it would feel to have reduced inflammation at the end of the season. This fatty acid is helping athletes who have already made the switch from grain-fed beef to become the best athletes they can be. Aiding them in maintaining an ultimate level of health.
Grass-fed beef is packed with higher levels of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. This includes a long list of various vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. One of the most powerful benefits are the high levels of Vitamins A and E, the antioxidant properties found in these vitamins are known to reduce the risk of heart disease. This is accomplished by thinning the blood which allows it to flow more freely to arteries around our most vital organ. Other benefits of vitamin E include protection against neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and lowering the risk of diabetes. Improved immune system function, reduced ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, a lower risk for developing cancer and the list goes on!
Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids
The human body cannot produce these two essential fatty acids, they must be ingested and they bring a lot to the table. They are critical for all of the body systems to function at their optimal levels. Benefits include aiding in immune system function, respiratory system function, circulatory system function, organ function, regulating blood pressure and aids brain development to name a few.
Mostly Antibiotic and Hormone Free
As mentioned above, grain-fed cattle that are put in feedlots are routinely given growth hormones/steroids to encourage faster growth, six to be exact, three natural steroids and three synthetic hormones. A series of antibiotics is also administered. This has an effect on you as the consumer. On the contrary, grass-fed cows are rarely administered antibiotics and only if they are actually sick.
Better for your Health
Better for the Environment
Better for your Taste Buds
100% Grass-fed Beef is Simply Better!
Grass-fed Beef Tastes Better, Your Taste Buds Will Thank You
On top of all the health benefits offered, once all the unnecessary additives are removed (hormones and grain)…the true flavor pops and is uniquely delightful. A bit of extra effort is needed for the cooking process though. Since the meat is lean, it requires a shorter cooking time then its fattier counterparts.
All in all, many feel that grass-fed beef is a better choice for the reasons mentioned above and more. Better taste, more humane and MAJOR health benefits. Athletes across the nation are deciding to go grass-fed, and in return they’re given an advantage over the competition! They are not keeping quiet about what they're eating either. Athletes are spreading the news to their teammates. All athletes can enjoy the benefits offered from consumption of grass-fed beef such as leaner muscles, greater performance, less inflammation of the joints, and mental health benefits.
At this point you may be wondering how you can get grass-fed beef from our farm and onto your table. That’s the easy part. Contact Madhunter Farms. The owner, Tim Radcliff, has embarked on this journey because he truly cares and it is his mission to provide the best to his clients and beyond.
We have come to realize that not all grass-fed beef is created equal, that is apparent. Because of this, we open our gates, with smiles on our faces to any and all potential clients to witness the difference first hand. See you there!
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS:
CLA is known for fighting cancer, blocking weight gain and helping build muscle, and it’s almost exclusively found in high-quality beef and butter from healthy, grass-fed cows or other animals. Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine,
Better for the Environment
When a cow is fed a diet high in grain it produces more gas throughout their digestive systems. The gas they produce, methane, has a higher negative impact on the ozone layer than carbon dioxide. Not only this, but it has been speculated that grass-fed beef has a decreased carbon footprint due to less fossil fuels, pesticides and fertilizer needed to produce massive amounts of grain for massive feedlots.
Due to the way we process our animals, it is imperative to use a meat probe. We highly recommend ThermaPen. Failure to use a meat probe will result in overdone meat. Simply put, our meat doesn’t look like the beef you are accustomed to preparing, and so it looks different when cooking. Normally our meat is almost at a medium rare temperature reading before the meat “looks” like it needs turned over. We cannot stress enough the importance of the ThermaPen!
Finally, as quoted in Nutrition Journal(Okay, we admit we don’t really know what it means, but it sounds very, very healthy)
Research spanning three decades supports the argument that grass-fed beef (on a g/g fat basis), has a more desirable SFA lipid profile (more C18:0 cholesterol neutral SFA and less C14:0 & C16:0 cholesterol elevating SFAs) as compared to grain-fed beef. Grass-finished beef is also higher in total CLA (C18:2) isomers, TVA (C18:1 t11) and n-3 FAs on a g/g fat basis. This results in a better n-6:n-3 ratio that is preferred by the nutritional community. Grass-fed beef is also higher in precursors for Vitamin A and E and cancer fighting antioxidants such as GT and SOD activity as compared to grain-fed contemporaries.