April 25, 2015 KX Team

Protein sources: grass fed vs. grain fed meat

You are what you eat, and what you eat, ate.

Meat provides an excellent profile of essential amino acids but the source of meat is also very important. Grass-fed, grass-finished meat is far superior in nutrition (and taste, in our opinion) than their conventionally raised counterpart.

The conventionally raised cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn and are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. The cows live there for a few months and are then moved into the factory for slaughtering.

 

Why should we all splurge on grass-fed meats over conventional meats?

  1. Higher in omega-3 fats: anti-inflammatory and stress fighting properties.
  2. Higher in carnitine: aids in fat use for fuel, improves blood glucose and combats aging and disease on the mitochondria.
  3. Higher in glutamine: promotes muscle growth and a gut healing nutrient.
  4. Glycine and glutathione: responsible for immune support.
  5. CLA (the good kind of fat): anti-inflammatory and promotes immune support.
  6. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals: carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, are precursors to vitamin A. The yellow characteristic in grass-fed fat is due to the high carotenoid diet.
  7. High in zinc, promotes healthy androgen levels.
  8. Iron: energy production.
  9. Magnesium: anti-inflammatory and stress fighting properties.

I hope we can agree that when it comes to meat, quality makes a huge difference. Grass-fed red meats are far superior in nutrients than their grain-fed counterpart. You are getting what you pay for.

 

Where to find grass-fed, grass-finished meat in Toronto

We carry grass-fed, grass-finished bison, elk and venison. We have various cuts of meat, including ground, steaks, chops and sausages available in store daily. We take special orders on Wednesdays and pick up on Saturday.

Want to learn more about the importance of meat? Read about our meat, nut and vegetable breakfast here.

Have you tried our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Venison-Boar Meatballs recipe here. Did you like this recipe? Opt in here to receive the latest game-meat recipes below.

 

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