What is Grass Fed Beef?
The supermarket meat case can be a confusing place. To be sure that you are buying quality meat, use the definitions below as a guide.
A 3.5-ounce serving qualifies as “lean” if it has less than 10g of total fat, 4.5g or less of saturated fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol per serving-compares to a equal-size chicken thigh.
GRASS-FED or GRASS-FINISHED
Animals are pasture-fed through the spring, summer and fall. Winters are spent in the barn, they are fed hay-no grains or other feed. These animals usually do not need antibiotics or hormones, and their meat has a higher vitamin and omega-3 content, and is leaner than traditional grain-fed beef.
Livestock is given full access to the outdoors, fresh air, water, sunshine, grass and pasture land. It is fed 100% organic feed. Animals can be given vitamins and minerals, but no growth stimulants or antibiotics. Any shelter provided must allow the animal the opportunity to exercise. Also, production and handling operations must undergo on-site inspections and farms must have operating plans in place for the meat to be certified organic.
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