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Is gluten free grain-fed beef wrong?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2012 at 2:22 AM

So a local pub keeps promoting their gluten free grain-fed beef. Like this is a good thing. It makes me cross every time I see it

I'm not sure what grains they feed the cattle and whether they contain gluten. And if the grains did contain gluten I'm guessing they wouldn't remain in the meat?

However, isn't the whole concept just totally wrong?

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on February 18, 2012
at 09:07 PM

"Corn-fed" is kind of a nostalgia term. Back when all cattle were raised on pastures and any farmer would have considered it ruinously expensive to raise them on grain, "corn-fed" meant that they were "finished" on some corn (along with their pasture or hay) for the last couple months. This added fat and marbling (just like it does on humans) and created a tastier, more tender steak. People remember their grandparents praising "corn-fed" beef enough for it to be a marketing term, even though it usually means something very different now.

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on February 18, 2012
at 09:39 AM

"...you are what what you eat eats, too." -Pollan. That doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it? lol

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on January 21, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Low gluten is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

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(1085)

on January 21, 2012
at 05:27 AM

+1 for being alive.

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on January 21, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I don't think it is! The whole of Sydney seems to have gone crazy about gluten free and even low gluten lately. Crazy!

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on January 21, 2012
at 03:31 AM

How does their gluten-free beer taste with their gluten-free steaks?

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(10611)

on January 21, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I am the walrus.

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(10611)

on January 21, 2012
at 03:25 AM

The whole business sounds totally silly.

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on January 21, 2012
at 03:57 AM

You should ask the pub is they also have gluten-free wifi.

And maybe if they have a bowl of gluten-free jelly beans. Or when they ask what to drink, ask for gluten-free Coke.

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on January 21, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Lol. I think corn and soybeans are both technically gluten-free. That's pretty amusing.

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7d01d86c539003eed77cf901bf037412

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:21 AM

It's got to be a joke.

Update

Since I made this answer, I've learned that marinades can contain wheat-based proteins, and I actually found some corned beef at the supermarket that listed some wheat protein on the ingredient list. Sausages of course often have rusk in the them, and cutlets of various kinds are crumbed. So it isn't quite a claim as daft as it sounds. Sad but true.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on January 21, 2012
at 05:23 AM

I don't think it is! The whole of Sydney seems to have gone crazy about gluten free and even low gluten lately. Crazy!

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on January 21, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Low gluten is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

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4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on January 21, 2012
at 02:53 AM

"...you are what what you eat eats, too." -Pollan

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 21, 2012
at 03:28 AM

I am the walrus.

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on January 21, 2012
at 05:27 AM

+1 for being alive.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 18, 2012
at 09:39 AM

"...you are what what you eat eats, too." -Pollan. That doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it? lol

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 21, 2012
at 05:31 PM

It just sounds like they're riding the gluten free wave to promote cheap factory farmed beef. Not everyone realizes that cows are grass eaters by nature. I've seen plenty of restaurants boosting of their corn fed beef...hopefully the grass fed wave will crash ashore soon, and become the norm again.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on February 18, 2012
at 09:07 PM

"Corn-fed" is kind of a nostalgia term. Back when all cattle were raised on pastures and any farmer would have considered it ruinously expensive to raise them on grain, "corn-fed" meant that they were "finished" on some corn (along with their pasture or hay) for the last couple months. This added fat and marbling (just like it does on humans) and created a tastier, more tender steak. People remember their grandparents praising "corn-fed" beef enough for it to be a marketing term, even though it usually means something very different now.

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on February 18, 2012
at 08:37 AM

The animal converts food proteins into animal proteins by breaking down their structure during digestion (amino acids are separated and then repackaged during metabolism). Therefore, the meat will never contain any consumed proteins in their intact form. Meat, regardless of what the animal is fed, will not contain any gluten. The only way gluten could be in the meat is if the meat has been processed using fillers or if breading or some other type of preparation is done that adds a product containing gluten. But meat, by itself, is always gluten-free.”

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on January 21, 2012
at 07:28 AM

its a Pub mate, they severe beer, there is a slice of gluten bread in evey glass. as for the beef they just feed it corn, nothing special about that now is there? it would be strange if they fed it wheat.

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