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

by (460) Updated July 15, 2012 at 2:26 PM 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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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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