Grass-fed beef is one of the most nutrient-dense proteins you can buy. Its benefits are incredible but surely you can’t get grass-fed beef in Grenada, can you?
You’ll be pleased to discover that most local beef in Grenada IS grass-fed. In this article, I’m going to explain the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef, seven unique health benefits of grass-fed beef, and where you can buy it.
#1: Grass-Fed Beef Has Fewer Calories So You’ll Avoid Unnecessary Weight Gain
Beef from grass-fed cattle is lower in total fat content because the cow’s diet is more natural and clean. “If you eat a typical amount of beef per year, which in the United States is about 67 pounds, switching to grass-fed beef will save you 16,642 calories a year,” says EatWild.com founder Jo Robinson.
#2: Grass-Fed Beef Contains Electrolytes To Help Ward of Dehydration
Dehydration is a big topic when living on a tropical Caribbean island. With the high temperatures, it’s easy to sweat too much leaving your body depleted of necessary electrolytes. If you’ve ever experienced the signs of dehydration, it’s not nice!
You might experience cramps in your legs, become lethargic, get headaches, experience diarrhea, and a whole slew of debilitating symptoms. And drinking water won’t solve the problem!
The three main electrolytes are sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
Fortunately, grass-fed meat has ample amounts of all three essential electrolytes. One grass-fed strip steak contains 732 milligrams of potassium, 49 milligrams of magnesium, and 118 milligrams of sodium. If you’re feeling like you need hydration, eat a steak!
#3: Grass-Fed Beef Helps Support Healthy Blood Sugar Levels Helping You To Prevent Obesity and Diabetes
Beef from grass-fed cows contains a certain beneficial fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA can help prevent several diseases and conditions like obesity and diabetes.
#4: Grass-Fed Beef Contains More Omega-6 with means a decrease in arthritis, help with depression and better focus
Grass-fed beef provides up to six times more omega–3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. Here are just some of the benefits of increased omega–3 consumption:
- Alleviates Rheumatoid arthritis: Omega–3s are highly effective in decreasing all markers of inflammation.
- Helps with depression: Researchers have seen an increase in mental well-being by supplementing with omega–3 fatty acids.
- Helps you focus: Recent studies conducted show omega–3s to be a promising alternative to alleviate attention deficit disorders (ADHD) over stimulant medications.
#5: Grass-Fed Beef Helps Fight Cancer So You Have A Better Quality Of Life
As mentioned in #3, Grass-fed beef contains roughly twice the amount of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Most naturally occurring nutrients containing anticarcinogenic properties are derived from plant foods, but CLA is unique because it’s one of the only anticancer nutrients derived from meat.
A study conducted on women who were given high amounts of CLA-rich foods had roughly a 60% lower risk in breast cancer over those who had little to no amounts of CLA in their diet. CLA is considered to be one of the strongest nutrients which can defend against cancer.
#6: Eating Grass-Fed Beef Can Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease
Clinical evidence concludes a decreased risk of heart disease with increased consumption of CLA. This CLA is good stuff – isn’t it? Grass-fed beef can help improve your heart health by providing antioxidants, high levels of Omega-3, less unhealthy fats, and lower amounts of bad cholesterol (LDL).
#7: Grass-Fed Beef Contains Less Bacteria So Less Chance Of Food Poisoning
Some studies show that conventional beef is more prone to containing bacteria than grass-fed beef. A study conducted by Consumer Reports analyzed 300 packages of ground beef. They found an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in three of the grain-fed samples and zero in the grass-fed packages. Yikes!
Visit our market store located at Le Phare Bleu Marina – we sell only local grass-fed beef. We can easily be accessed by car or dinghy. And make sure to get our price list and sign up for our newsletter to hear about our weekly specials, recipes, locally sourced goodies, and much more.