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Beef and your health

Which beef is better — grass-fed or grain finished?

Whispering Meadows brings you naturally-raised, grass-fed and grain finished beef that is free range and pasture raised with zero antibiotics or artificial hormones. Order online direct from our farm!Whispering Meadows offers you the choice between grass-fed beef and grain-finished beef, for all of our beef ordering options.  So which should you choose?

Before going into the differences between the two, we should note that for both options, grass is the primary source of nutrition for all of our cattle.  The grass-fed animals eat 100% grass forage and nothing else, while our grain-finished cattle are supplemented with non-GMO grains to top off their usual free-range pasture-based diet.

BOTH our grass-fed and grain-finished cattle are raised completely free-range, naturally foraging on pasture grasses.  All of our cattle are raised without antibiotics or artificial hormones, and never confined to pens.  So both types of beef are delicious, healthy, and highly nutritious.

When cattle are grain finished, it helps them to grow faster, and it adds sweetness and marbling to the beef.  This results in a more tender meat and a lighter flavour which many people prefer.

Grassfed beef is generally considered the most natural form of beef, since grass is the food that cattle are naturally built to digest.  Grass-fed animals are generally leaner, which gives their meat a more robust flavour and texture, and needs a bit more care to cook perfectly.  Grassfed beef has been proven to contain higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and the omega-3 fatty acids ALA, EPA, and DHA.

Grass-fed beef is a superb source of good fats.

Over the course of the past century, medical advice on eating fats has come full-circle.  We now realize that what our ancestors ate naturally is the best diet of all — simply because that’s what our bodies are designed for.

Grass-fed beef is a much healthier choice than feedlot beef, because of the natural nutrients available to the cattle when they are out at pasture.  Those nutrients get passed on to you when you eat their beef.

Pasture-raised, grass-fed beef is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

For an optimum diet that minimises the risk of heart disease and many other potential health problems, it’s important to balance the levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids that we eat.

Most of us get too much Omega 6, and not enough Omega 3.  You can raise your Omega 3 intake by eating foods like freshwater fish and grass-fed beef.

Grass-fed beef is becoming scientifically accepted as nutritionally superior.

Pasture-raised, grass-fed beef is an exceptional source of omega-3s, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

When you think about it, it just makes sense that the diet of our cattle will affect the nutrient value of their meat.  Giving them natural, healthy feed gives you the assurance that you’re getting the best meat possible.

Whispering Meadows has been serving Southern Ontario with naturally-raised and organic meats since 2003 — including Toronto and the GTA, Ajax, Barrie, Blue Mountains, Bruce Peninsula, Brampton, Burlington, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent, Etobicoke, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Markham, Midland, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, the Niagara region, North York, Oakville, Orangeville, Orillia, Oshawa, Owen Sound, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Scarborough, Shelburne, Toronto, Vaughan, Wasaga, Whitby, Windsor, Woodstock, and surrounding areas.

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