In the past decade, demand for grass-fed beef rose at an annual rate of 25 to 30 percent. This increased demand is partly due to the vast amount of health benefits grass-fed beef contain.
Research shows the many unique health benefits you receive when you consume grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef contains higher concentrations of some antioxidants and vitamins. Beef from grass-fed animals is rich in vitamin E, vitamin A, magnesium and potassium. Consuming foods that have these additional antioxidants and vitamins are good for your heart health and can lower your risks of some forms of cancers.
Grass-fed beef contains more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is a naturally occurring trans-fat. In fact, grass-fed meat contains three to five times more CLA than grain-fed meat. CLA is a necessary part of your diet and is known to help with weight loss, muscle-building and fighting cancer.
Also, grass-fed beef contains almost three times more omega-3 fatty acid than grain-fed beef. Our bodies can’t naturally make omega-3 fatty acids, so we must get them from our diet. Omega-3s have proven beneficial for improving heart health, improving cognitive function, regulating cholesterol, fighting off inflammation and lowering high blood pressure.
Grass-fed meat is leaner and contains less fat and fewer calories than grain-fed beef. In the United States, the average person consumes 67 pounds of beef annually. Switching to grass-fed beef could save you 16,642 calories a year.