Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Health Benefits of Grass Fed Beef- Sponsored Post by Danielle McAnn

Health Benefits Of Grass Fed Beef.

Believe it or not, the kind of diet a cow is raised on can have a major effect on the nutritional content of its beef. Indeed, there are a number of significant health benefits found in grass fed beef as opposed to grain fed beef. In Melbourne, some butchers carry both varieties, and so it’s important that you know the differences. Here are 3 important health benefits you’ll get from eating grass fed beef.

1. Less total fat content.

In general, grass fed beef has a lower fat content when compared to grain fed beef. In fact, grass fed beef has about the same amount of fat as skinless chicken. This means less cholesterol for you. Ask your butcher if they sell grass fed beef. If they don’t, find a butcher that does, such as Cannings Free Range Butchers in Melbourne. Your health will thank you for it.

2. Less calories.

Grass fed meat also contains fewer calories compared to grain fed meat. As fat contains 9 calories per gram, the less fat your beef contains the fewer calories you’ll be consuming. For example, a 200 gram piece of steak from a grass fed cow contains around 100 less calories than the same amount of meat from its grain feed counterpart. This equates to around 17,000 less calories per year – assuming you consume the average amount of meat per year (usually 30kg of beef per year). If you want to maintain a healthy weight, consuming grass fed beef is definitely the way to go.

3. More Omega-3s.

Consuming beef from grass fed – instead of grain fed – cattle, also means that you’ll be getting more omega-3s into your system. These “good fats” are helpful in lowering your blood pressure, reducing your risk of heart disease and heart attacks, and reducing your chances of suffering from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. They can also reduce your risk of cancer.            

Not all meat is created equal. So make sure you choose beef that’d been grass fed (instead of grain fed) and do the best thing by your health.

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