“All Natural”, “Certified Organic”, “Grass Fed”, “Grain Finished”– what do these choices mean and which is best for me and my family? The number of choices that we as consumers encounter while grocery shopping is undoubtably overwhelming. What’s as equally confusing is the number of individuals influencing our decision making- qualified or not. With many of us firing up the grill for outdoor dining, we wanted to discuss today’s beef choices to better help you understand the differences.
Across the nation, cattle farmers and ranchers raise cattle using diverse resources available in their local areas to produce nutritious, safe and delicious beef. All choices of beef are excellent or good sources of 10 essential nutrients and many of our favorite cuts are considered to be lean. T-Bone, Sirloin, 93% Lean Ground Beef, are all lean cuts and can provide us with key nutrients that we need. This means you can feel good about putting lean beef on the table!. You’re providing your family the benefits of heart health, muscle development and weight management in a meal they know and love!
What's the Difference?
- Beef that is produced as grain-finished spends most of their lives grazing on pasture, then spend 4 – 6 months in a feed yard.
- They are free to eat an optimal, balanced diet of grasses, grains and other forages and may judiciously be given FDA-approved antibiotics or growth promotants.
In addition, they may also be given vitamin and mineral supplements and receive individual attention to clean water and room to roam.
- Cattle spend their entire lives grazing on pasture or forages when they are grass-finished.
- They may also judiciously be given FDA-approved antibiotics or growth promotants as well as vitamin and mineral supplements.
It can be difficult to produce year-round in North America due to changing seasons and weather conditions. There are not many green pastures in the middle of winter!
Naturally raised beef can be grain-finished or grass-finished, you can look at the label for details.
- These cattle have never received antibiotics or growth promotants and may be given vitamin and mineral supplements.
- They must be certified by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
- Cattle can be grain-finished or grass-finished when raised organically, as long as the feed is 100% organic.
- They have never received antibiotics or growth promotants and may be given vitamin and mineral supplements.
They must be certified by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service- look for the official label.
What’s reassuring to know is that all beef choices are safe and wholesome products that you can feel confident consuming while on your Profile journey and feeding your family!