January 20, 2018

Grass-fed Meat Vs. Factory Farmed


cowMost of the meat we get in the supermarket comes from what’s known as “factory farms” or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) where animals are kept in tiny confined spaces and fed a diet of grain. Most animals, like cows, can’t digest grain very well and this diet is very inflammatory for them.

Due to the crowded conditions, factory animals are routinely injected with antibiotics and fed hormones and steroids, in addition to whatever pesticides and chemicals they’re exposed to in their grain-based diet. Another drawback of factory farmed animals is that the meat is very high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats.

Grass fed animals are raised as humanely as possible, and fed their natural diet-grass!  The meat is higher in healthy omega-3 fats (the same fat found in wild fish) and contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This healthy, cancer-fighting fat is made normally in the chambers of the bovine stomach. Grass-fed animals are a great source of CLA.  Most grass-fed animals are raised organically with no antibiotics, steroids or hormones. Finally, pasture-fed animals have lower risk of E-coli thanks to their diet and lower stomach acidity levels.

Always look for 100% grass-fed labels. This guarantees that the animals were not fed any grain.