Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle. Beef can be harvested from bulls, heifers or steers. Its acceptability as a food source varies in different parts of the world. Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world.
People have eaten the flesh of bovines from prehistoric times; some of the earliest known cave paintings, such as those of Lascaux, show aurochs in hunting scenes. People domesticated cattle around 8000 BC to provide ready access to beef, milk, and leather.
Beef cattle are raised and fed using a variety of methods, including feedlots, free range, ranching, backgrounding and Intensive animal farming. The most useful is grass-fed beef.
Grass-fed beef generally comes from cattle that eat only grass and other foraged foods throughout their lifespan in comparison to conventional beef cattle, which eat a diet that includes grains such as corn. The difference in the diets of the cattle changes the nutrient content and total amount of fat gotten from eating these different types of beef.
Grass-fed beef may have some heart-health benefits that other types of beef don't have, such as:
- Less total fat
- More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
- More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that's thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
- More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E
Health benefits of consuming grass - fed beef instead of conventional beef:
- Aids in alleviation of inflammation
- Protects the immune system
- Aids in better antioxidant protection
- Promotes better bone health, eye health and mental health
- Aids in production of antibodies
- Supports the immune system
- Helps to protect against infections
- Supports in oxygen circulation
- Helps in tissue formation
- Helps to maintain healthy skin
- Helps to break down the fat and chemicals in the body
Note: Not all grass-fed beef is organic.
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