(Family Features) - Does it really matter what cattle eat? For a growing number of beef eaters, it does. As people look for ways to eat healthier, many are turning to grass-fed beef.
Most beef found in stores comes from grain-fed cattle. Grain isn't a natural component of cows' diets, so they're not able to digest it well. One effect of this is that grain-fed beef loses many of its flavor and nutritional benefits.
On the 88,000-acre La Cense ranch in Montana, Master Ranchers like Bud Griffith have been breeding hormone- and pesticide- free Black Angus cattle in a humane and sustainable environment for nearly a decade. "Our focus," says Griffith, "is on producing the cleanest natural product that is superior in taste, quality and nutrition to grain-fed beef."
Studies are showing that grass-fed beef offers nutritional advantages over other beef.
Grass-fed beef is:
- lower in calories
- higher in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids
- higher in conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), which help reduce the risk of some cancers and immune disorders, diabetes and obesity
- higher in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which helps reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease
Tina Ruggiero, M.S., R.D., says "The protein in beef is a powerful nutrient that strengthens our bodies. Beef is rich in vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, iron and zinc, which all play an important role in a healthful lifestyle." And, she adds, "La Cense beef has the added benefits of being natural, lean, hormone- and antibiotic-free."
How does grass-fed beef taste? It's more subtle and sophisticated than grain-fed beef and is lighter and cleaner tasting.
It also cooks differently. The flavor is accentuated by cooking at a lower temperature and for less time. Unless a recipe specifies grass-fed beef, reduce the cooking temperature by 50 degrees. Cooking time will be about 30- to 50 percent less than for conventional beef.
There are 29 cuts of beef that meet government standards for lean - add the benefits of high-quality, hormone- and pesticide-free grass-fed beef, and there are plenty of good-for-you beef to help you eat and live well.
To order La Cense Beef, learn more, or find recipes and cooking tips, visit www.LaCenseBeef.com.