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Grain or grass fed beef? Make an informed choice

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Grain or grass fed beef. What is better for you and the family?

When it comes to grain or grass fed beef, chances are you want to know the difference on eating and nutritional quality, so you can make an informed choice for the family. Here, we list out the key differences in an easy to read table.

  Grass Fed Grain Fed
Rearing conditions Roam free and eat seasonal grass and other edible plants found naturally in the environment Also roam free and eat seasonal grass and other edible plants before being transitioned to a grain* based diet
Meat colour Grass fed only beef will have fat that has a slightly yellow hue, due to the pigments of grass Whiter brighter fat with more marbling due to grains
Flavour Often a more complex profile that can change depending on seasonality and pastoral diet Generally more buttery flavour that is consistent from one season to the next
Composition Less total fat than grain fed with higher levels of Vitamin A and E More total fat than grass fed

*Most Australian cattle grain feed includes wheat, barley, sorghum and triticale, which are mixed with lupins or field peas (by-products of cottonseed or canola), and silage or hay for added protein, carbohydrates, fats and roughage. This can be contrasted with US grain which is largely soy and corn based.

Sources: MLA and Healthline.

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