Why Grass Fed Beef Is Better For You

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The food that you eat provides the building blocks from which your body grows, heals and repairs itself. It is therefore important that you select what you eat carefully. This article discusses some of the key benefits that you will enjoy when you opt for grass-fed beef instead of grain-fed beef.

More Antioxidants

Your body is likely to suffer from less oxidative stress if you eat grass-fed beef regularly. This is because the grass-fed cattle extract plenty of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, from the grass they feed on. These nutrients avail the building blocks from which the tissues of the cattle are made. The beef will, therefore, be richer in those antioxidants and your body will reap the benefits of those nutrients when you eat grass-fed beef. One of the benefits is that you are likely to age slowly since the antioxidants in the beef you eat will reduce the oxidative stress that would have caused you to age quickly.

Less Risk of Antibiotic Loading

Cattle that is fed on corn is kept in crowded feedlots. Consequently, there is a higher chance of diseases spreading rapidly amongst those animals. Farmers avert the risk of losing their entire herd to a disease outbreak by including various antibiotics in the feed formulas for their livestock. Those antibiotics permeate the cells of the animal's body and you end up eating that tainted beef. This can create an opportunity for pathogens to become resistant to common antibiotics because any pathogens that come into contact with those antibiotics in the tissues can become resistant to being killed by similar antibiotics. Treating common infections can, therefore, become very costly in case you are ill and the pathogens are resistant to the readily available antibiotics. Eating grass-fed beef can prevent such a scenario because cattle are reared in a way that makes it unnecessary to include antibiotics in what they eat. The cattle roam freely and aren't crowded as is the case in grain feedlots.

Exposure to Deadly Bugs

Grass-fed beef also poses fewer risks of deadly pathogens, such as E-coli. This is because the digestive system of the cattle isn't as acidic as the digestive tract of animals fed on grain. Consequently, the pathogens that can survive in the gut of grass-fed cattle cannot survive the acidic environment of the human gut. Those pathogens die and cannot infect you. However, the pathogens which are used to the acidic nature of the gut of grain-fed cattle can survive the digestive acids in the human gut. Such pathogens can then go on to cause different infections and diseases in people who eat grain-fed beef.

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