The Great Beef Debate
Today, people are debating on whether grass-fed beef is better than grain-fed beef. And this is getting to be a heated debate which is getting emotionally charged. If one analyzes both sides, you will find some advantages and disadvantages to both types. Here are some points of comparison between the two kinds of beef.
We need to define terms so we will be clear on what we mean. Grass-fed beef is cattle that has eaten grass throughout its life. But grain fed beef does not mean that is was just fed grains throughout its life. The cattle has also fed on grass for the most part of its life, but before it was slaughtered, the cattle was fed with grain. The contention of many nutritionists is that the nutritional value of the beef is compromised because of the addition of grains to its diet.
To find out which is better, let us look at three things including the market price, the taste, and the nutritional value of the two kinds of beef.
There is a high demand today for grass-fed beef so there is an increase in its market supply. But, despite this demand, the price of grass-fed beef remains high. You can understand why plainly. The lower price of grain-fed beef is due to its low cost per pound since grain-fed beef are fat and bulky compared to grass-fed ones. This explains why they are cheaper to buy in the market.
There is a noticeable difference with how grass fed beef looks compared to grain fed beef. There is a darker color to grass-fed beef and this is due to the fact that it won’t have fat-marbling that you will see in high grade grain-fed meat. Grain-fed cattle does not only have more weight, they have more fats as well since grains add fats at a very fast rate before slaughter. The beef will then have a much richer taste.
When it comes to nutritional value, proponents of grass-fed beef makes their case. Grass-fed beef are lower in calories and have more vitamin A and E and have higher levels of antioxidants. You can also find healthy omega 3 fats in them. If you compare the omega 3 fats in grass-beef and salmon, you will find grass-fed beef omega 3 fat content to be quite negligible.
It is worthy to note that grass-fed beef in low in calories. You save on calories by eating this kind of beef. This means only a few pounds is gained. Grass-fed beef is ideal for weight watchers or those who want to lose weight.
This is a never ending debate. And there is still the antibiotic issues to deal with and more. But considering that each side has an argument, we will always be offered choices. The decision is solely yours whether you will eat grass-fed or grain-fed beef. So, whether you are after weight loss or you are after eating a delicious marbleized steak, the choice is yours.