Health Benefits

The best summary we have seen of the health benefits of grass-fed meat can be found at Jo Robinson’s website Eat Wild. The information she presents is thoroughly documented in peer-reviewed scientific journals. We copied her summary of a 2009 journal article comparing grass-fed and grain-fed beef that was published in Journal of Animal Science. The research showed that grass-fed beef is:

  1. Lower in total fat
  2. Higher in beta-carotene
  3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  6. Higher in total omega-3s (“good fat”)
  7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  8. Higher in CLA [conjugated linoleic acid] (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
  9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

Consumer Reports published an interesting and controversial article in November 2015 comparing bacteria in feedlot beef and grassfed ground beef: How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?