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The Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef

At Russell’s, we firmly believe that quality meat comes from the quality care that is given and maintained to stock, so you can be 100% certain that our beef is nothing but the best, sourced from free-range grass-fed farms that establish the highest in animal welfare standards.

Grass-fed beef is, as the name suggests, cows raised on pasture and allowed to roam free for their entire lives, fed nothing more than their natural vegetarian diet of grass and forage, and never treated with antibiotics or hormones.

As you can imagine, what a beef animal eats can have a huge impact on the quality and leanness of the meat. What you may not know, however, is that grass-fed products offer many health benefits, being nutritionally superior and rich in vitamins.

Here are some of the main benefits:

1.Fewer Calories and Less Total Fat

Firstly, as you can expect, there is a huge reduction in the number of calories and overall fat found in grass-fed beef, due to the clean and natural diet of the cows.

2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Did you know grass-fed beef consists of up to six times more omega 3 fatty acids than your average grain-fed products? Omega 3 is essential to a healthy balanced diet, as well as preventing many modern day diseases from anxiety, depression and heart disease. There is even research to suggest that Omega 3 helps prevent and fight Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.

3. Higher Levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

CLA is a fatty acid, found in the dairy and meat of animals and works to exert antioxidant activity. Animal research and studies have also found CLA to prevent serious diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. In grass-fed beef, you can expect to find significantly higher levels – at least three times more than grain-fed beef!

4. More Minerals & Electrolytes

To live a healthy life, it is vital we maintain a diet that is rich in minerals, catering to healthy skin, bones, muscles, nerves and a strong metabolism. Grass-fed beef, in particular, is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium.

5. Rich in Vitamin E

Grass-fed beef is an excellent source of Vitamin E, consisting of up to four times more than grain-fed beef. It’s an essential antioxidant that has been known to prevent cancer, heart disease and play a part in healthy skin and eyes.

6. Better for the Environment

Let’s not forget, it doesn’t just benefit cattle and ourselves – grass-fed farming also benefits the world around us.

By undergoing grass-based beef production, we are decreasing the effect of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increasing the biodiversity of pasture ecosystems, the fertility of soil, and quality runoff water from well-managed farms and pastures.

It’s easy to see the endless list of benefits of grass-fed beef, from its impeccable taste and quality, incredible health benefits and of course the reduction of our carbon footprint. No wonder grass-fed meat is on the rise – it’s worth the convert.