Nothing says summertime like fresh bar-be-qued hamburgers! Especially when the beef is healthy farm-fresh grass-fed beef from our favorite supplier, Kookoolan Farms, and the hamburger condiments are right our of our garden. A fantastic way to wrap up the day after working outside in the hot sun we’re enjoying in the Pacific Northwest.
Now that we have your mouth watering, let’s look a little at the benefits of grass-fed beef. It’s lower in overall fat and saturated fat, and provides more omega-3 fats. It also has more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks. And it has more antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E.
Traditionally, all beef was grass feed. Cows, sheep, and other grazing animals are ruminants and are designed by nature to be able to digest grass. Corn and grain-fed beef gained popularity in the U.S. and other countries because it’s faster and more profitable. Not because it leads to healthier beef. Keep that in mind next time you’re choosing your cuts of meat at the market.
The blog John Robbins Tools, Resources, and Inspiration couldn’t have said it better: “Feeding grain to cattle has got to be one of the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization.”