When we think of grass-fed beef, we have images of cows grazing in the pasture. Unfortunately, the majority of our beef that we purchase is corn-fed beef. The reason for this change is corn-fed beef is more profitable and faster to produce.
It takes an enormous amount of corn, protein, supplements, and growth hormones to produce a corn–fed cow. This corn mixture is given to the cow so it can gain weight faster, and produce year-round. Switching your cow to corn-fed can he hazardous if not done properly. If the switch is fast and not gradually introduced into the cow’s diet, it can kill the cow. This fast change can be traumatic to the digestive system of the cow. When buying corn-feed beef what may end up on your plate is beef full of growth hormones and protein supplements. The beef produced by corn-fed cows is tasty, marbled, and fatty. Marbled meats are much higher in fat, which could have negative effects on your heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Meat from grass–fed cows has about one–half to one–third as much fat as corn-fed beef. This meat is also higher in vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acid, and CLA. These are all needed for a healthier heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol. CLA is a healthy fat know to help in some diseases such as Cancer. Grass-fed beef is higher in price, and can be found in health food stores or specialty sections of certain grocery stores.
Grass–fed beef does seem to be the healthier choice. It seems the only benefit of corn-fed beef over grass-fed beef is the price. Some do like the flavor of corn-fed beef better because a high fat meat may have a little more flavor. For more information go to www.luciesfarm.com or www.deathfeed.com. Whichever you choose, there are great ways to make inexpensive meals with your beef.
1 pound hamburger
2 tablespoons fat-free Italian dressing
Pam butter spray
1/2 cup chopped onions
Directions: Put your beef in a bowl, add your Italian dressing, then mix. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Make hamburger patties from your beef.
Spray a frying pan with butter flavored Pam. Fry your onions in the pan. Remove the onions, and place them in a dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Spray your frying pan with a little more Pam, then cook your hamburger patties.
When your patties are done, place on your plate, then put the fried onions on top. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of the onions. This is great served with a baked potato, salad, and a scoop of cottage cheese.