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Cooking: Grass-fed vs. Grain-fed Ground Beef

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Updated October 30, 2014 at 4:16 AM
Created July 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Hi. I am getting into planning meals for myself and my daughter. I like ground beef. I bought grass-fed ground beef from Whole Foods and cooked it last week. It was great!

Then I bought some non grass-fed this week (cheaper) and I noticed that when I cooked it, notable amounts of fat dripped to the bottom of the storage bowl and looked kinda yucky. I also may have overcooked it a little. Didn't taste as good either. No excess fat noticed in the previous grass-fed meal.

Is it just that particular beef, or is there a real difference between cooking grass-fed and regular beef/ground beef??

Thank you so much!

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7292 · July 16, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Yes, great site. thanks

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468 · July 16, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Thank you. I did check out that site. I adore that there are more healthy nutrients in grass-fed, but at the whole foods near me it was 2-3 times as expensive as the regular grain-fed. Adjusting to a new diet can be pretty expensive! I have to figure this one out. Thank you for your answers!

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468 · July 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Maybe that's the culprit. Too much fat. I don't know for sure. Maybe I cooked it too much in addition.. Hey I just found this website: www.groceryiq.com and it is helping me plan out all my paleo meals! Yummy yum.

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1085 · July 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Here is a breakdown comparing grass finished to grain finished beef. Study results from Nutrition Journal. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/10/table/T2

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41471 · July 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Grass-fed and conventional beef are only each as fatty as the butcher/processing plant makes them. It's more likely that the grass-fed stuff was leaner.

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7292 · July 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM

grass-fed beef is naturally leaner, as grains are used to fatten up cattle, as it is not part of their natural diet. You can get leaner grain-fed if you have too, but the fat in grass-fed is healthy with higher concentrations of Omega-3 and CLA fatty acids. Stick with grass-fed as much as possible. Also grass-fed generally is hormone and antibiotic free due to not needing it in a non-crowded environment. Healthy cows make healthy meat.

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7292 · July 16, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Yes, great site. thanks

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468 · July 16, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Thank you. I did check out that site. I adore that there are more healthy nutrients in grass-fed, but at the whole foods near me it was 2-3 times as expensive as the regular grain-fed. Adjusting to a new diet can be pretty expensive! I have to figure this one out. Thank you for your answers!

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1085 · July 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Here is a breakdown comparing grass finished to grain finished beef. Study results from Nutrition Journal. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/10/table/T2

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