What You Eat (And Where You Sun!)…Really Is What You Are.
In a world of hyper-marketed products, food is no different and many of us have noticed the term grass-fed appearing on more and more products and labels.
But what does it really mean? And does it matter?
As most of you already know, it does matter, but the term grass-fed is used loosely and in many cases, with very little basis in truth.
Grass-fed meats are more nutrient dense. Grass-fed farming operations promote healthier animals through ethical & sustainable sourcing practices. In the most basic sense, the animals are raised the old fashioned way…the best way.
Here’s how it all works (we'll use a cow for now):
- A cow is a ruminant . Cows naturally eat grass, not grain (i.e. corn). Corn makes cows sick. Sick cows are given antibiotics = everyone loses.
- In the U.S. most cows are initially fed grass and then transitioned to a corn-fed diet in order to gain as much weight as possible, as quickly as possible.
- Cows that are truly grass-fed are raised outside on sunny pastures and munch and moo to their heart’s content.
- More favorable climates allow for more days on pasture, eating fresh grass (again, in the sunshine & fresh air).
- This diet & lifestyle combo supports cattle that produce meat with:
- Superior omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratios
- Higher levels of vitamin E
- Higher levels of CLA (conjugated Linoleic Acid - a fatty acid believed to support heart health)
- Less cholesterol
- More antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
Unfortunately, many companies advertise their products and meats as grass-fed, but what they really mean is initially grass-fed prior to being corn-finished in order to fatten their cows for slaughter. When Wild Parcel says grass-fed, we mean 100% grass-fed...as in grass-fed and grass-finished.
The bottom line is that grass-fed, pasture-raised animals are happier & healthier and produce meats that taste amazing and are better for you.
When we do the right thing...we all win; animals, farmers and consumers alike.
So nice to read what we having been telling our clients about grass fed beef. We raise Dexter cattle on our farm, from birth on. If anyone has tasted real grass fed beef they would never buy grocery store meat again.
Keep up the great work. Thanks, Christine