Grass-fed sounds like a healthier meat, right? Well, not necessarily. Meat that comes from grass-fed cattle only means that the animals had access to fresh air and sunlight and had freedom to graze, at least for a while. The term does not mean the animal was exclusively grass-fed. In fact, there is no requirement for the amount of time the animals is allowed outside to graze. The animal may have been fed a conventional diet of soybeans and corn, then allowed to graze for a few minutes. The term grass-finished is a more clearly defined term for meat that came from cattle exclusively fed grass for at least 90 days and up to 160 days before they were slaughtered.
Is this meat more nutritious? Some people say the meat is higher in vitamin E and the omega-3 fats. However, this opinion is debatable. You are far better off getting your vitamin E from wheat germ and your omega-3s from fatty fish, such as salmon, where you are guaranteed a hefty dose. Photo credit: Rick Harrison via Compfight