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Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Beef: What’s the Difference?

Written by Amy Davis on February 08, 2024

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In the world of nutrition and sustainable farming, the terms "grass-fed" and "grass-finished" are often thrown around. But what do these terms really mean? As a dietitian passionate about food quality and its impact on health, let's dive into these terms. Keep reading to understand the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished beef.  

What is Grass-fed Beef?  

Grass-fed beef is derived from cattle that predominantly graze on grass throughout their lives. However, these animals might also receive supplemental grains in their diet, particularly during the final stages of their growth. This supplementation aims to boost weight gain and potentially alter the nutritional profile of the meat.  

What is Grass-finished Beef?  

On the contrary, grass-finished beef is exclusively raised on a diet of grass and forage from start to finish. This means that from birth to processing, these animals do not consume grains or any other supplementary feeds. The result is leaner meat with a richer flavor profile, due to the variety of grasses and plants consumed.  

Why does this difference matter? The nutritional composition of beef can vary based on the animal's diet. Cattle that are fed grass tends to result in beef with higher levels of beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). However, when cattle are fed grains, the nutrient profile may shift. This could potentially change the health benefits associated with grass-fed beef.  

Where Can You Find High-Quality Beef? 

This brings us to the importance of consuming high-quality beef from reliable sources. Thankfully, Chomps is committed to providing consumers with top-tier nutrition and flavor. They understand the significance of using grass-fed and grass-finished beef, ensuring their products offer both health benefits and taste.  

Understanding Labeling Terms 

Always check the nutrition labels of beef products for “grass-fed” and “grass-finished” to ensure you’re supporting sustainable farming practices, prioritizing animal welfare, and getting a superior taste. Keep in mind that the term “grass-fed” means cows were mainly fed grass but may also have consumed grain. On the other hand, the terms “grass-fed and finished,” “100% grass-fed," and “100% grass-fed and finished” indicate that the beef was exclusively raised on a diet of grass and forage from birth to processing.  

In conclusion, we hope you now understand the difference between, grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Both grass-fed and grass-finished beef offer nutritional advantages over conventionally raised beef. However, understanding the distinction between the two is crucial for informed decision-making.  

Next time you're browsing the meat aisle or selecting snacks, we hope you feel empowered to choose options that prioritize quality and sustainability. With grass-fed and grass-finished beef, you're contributing to a healthier planet and a healthier you, one delicious bite at a time! 

By: Amy Davis, RD, LDN  

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