Why Grass-Fed Beef Is Healthier Than Grain-Fed: A 2-Part Series
By: Dave Asprey
September 5, 2011
Not all meat is created equal. When people look at grass-fed beef, they assume it’s the same as grain-fed. One of the most common questions about the Bulletproof Diet is, “Can I eat organic grain-fed meat instead?”
You can eat whatever you want, but grain-fed meat is not Bulletproof like grass-fed meat. It looks similar, tastes (somewhat) similar, and smells the same, but the truth is:
Grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef are two completely different foods.
Grass-fed beef isn’t a luxury item – it’s real meat. Factory meat has the wrong fatty acids, contains obesity-causing hormones, and usually has mycotoxins (very nasty biotoxins formed by mold in cattle food and meat processing). Grass-fed meat is in a league of its own. Eating grass-fed meat is one of the reasons the Bulletproof Diet works. By the end of this two-part series, you’ll know why.
Steers (castrated bulls) can’t make nutritious meat if they aren’t fed the proper ingredients. If a steer isn’t fed nutritious food, it won’t become nutritious food. There is no magical transformation from stale gummy bears (part of the feedlot diet) into vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Feeding cattle junk food turns them into junk food. Ruminant animals are meant to eat grass – not grains, stale bread, cereal, chicken feathers, or city garbage (I couldn’t make this up if I tried).
Besides health benefits, grass-fed meat is better for the economy, the environment, the farmers, and the animals. Each article in this series will focus on one study proving that grass-fed meat is healthier than grain-fed. We won’t talk about the lack of hormones, antibiotics, or other fun chemicals agribusiness puts into your meat. I’m going to focus on what grass-fed meat does have – nutrition. There are many more studies we’ll be writing about in the future, but for now, we’re going to concentrate on the most recent and relevant.
The studies are in chronological order so you can see the evolution of research on this topic. Studies build on each other, and it’s important to see how the scientists interpreted data to build their conclusions.
Read on to learn more about the incredible benefits of grass-fed meat. Click on one of the links below to go to each article in the series.