Grass Fed Meat

How do I Identify Grass Fed Meat?

Cows consume grass for the first few months of their lives, but as time goes by, some farmers choose to feed them a manufactured diet, which is meant to fatten them as fast as possible. Grass-fed meat has been found to be very nutritious as it contains lower calories, more vitamins A, E, and K, higher amounts of omega 3 fats, lower cholesterol levels, higher levels of antioxidants, and so much more. So, here’s how to ensure every time you pay for grass-fed meat, it’s authentic and not a marketing ploy.

Credible Third-Party Certification

If a package has several credible third-party certifications logs such as 100% GrassFed, certified GrassFed, as well as GrassFed and Grass-finished, then you can be sure the meat is totally grass fed. However, if any of these claims appear without third-party certification, it could mean the animal was fed grass but not throughout its entire life.

Other Labels

There seems to be a lot of overlap between the grass-fed and organic meat. Both practices represent the dedication to raise healthy, less-chemically-contaminated cows. However, organic labels often describe how an animal is raised and not so much how it’s fed. It could have been kept in sanitary conditions and raised free of synthetic contaminants such as artificial pesticides, GMOs, and fertilizers, but still fed on grain at some point in its life.

Cost and Accessibility

Conventional meat is far much cheaper and easier to get than grass-fed meat. If you want quality meat, you should probably buy directly from the farm or go to a nearby farmers’ market that has grass-fed beef vendors. Buying directly from a farmer allows you to see the farmer’s feeding practices and ask questions.

Taste

The final determinant of a food’s worthiness is taste. Grass-fed meat has a more mineral-heavy taste, which is often described as gamier or beefier. It’s also more robust and intramuscularly leaner.

Zachary Parker

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