Not all meat is created equal. When people look at grass-fed beef, they assume it’s the same as grain-fed. One of the most common questions we hear, “Can I eat organic grain-fed meat instead?”

You can eat whatever you want, but grain-fed meat is not like grass-fed meat. It looks similar, tastes (somewhat) similar, and smells the same, but the truth is:

Grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef are two completely different foods.

Grass-fed beef isn’t a luxury item – it’s real meat. Factory meat has the wrong fatty acids, contains obesity-causing hormones, and usually has mycotoxins (very nasty biotoxins formed by mold in cattle food and meat processing). Grass-fed meat is in a league of its own.

Cattle can’t make nutritious meat if they aren’t fed the proper ingredients. If a steer isn’t fed nutritious food, it won’t become nutritious food. There is no magical transformation from stale gummy bears (part of the feedlot diet) into vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Feeding cattle junk food turns them into junk food. Ruminant animals are meant to eat grass – not grains, stale bread, cereal, chicken feathers, or city garbage (I couldn’t make this up if I tried).

Besides health benefits, grass-fed meat is better for the economy, the environment, the farmers, and the animals.

Besides the lack of hormones, antibiotics, or other fun chemicals agribusiness puts into your meat that we don’t put in ours. I’m going to focus on what grass-fed meat does have – nutrition.