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is it okay to eat regular beef rather than grassfed. I can't stand the taste or grizzle.

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on October 14, 2013
at 12:13 AM

You're correct. My uncle fed cocopuffs to his cattle one winter, I remember sneaking a few pounds from the pile after it was delivered. :)

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on October 14, 2013
at 12:12 AM

Hardly a definitive NO.

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on October 14, 2013
at 12:11 AM

Omega-6s are already low in cows, so the missing omega-3s (which are an even tinier amount in grass-fed beef) don't really matter.

I do agree that a local grain-fed cow is going to be an even better choice for those who like grain-fed beef.

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on October 13, 2013
at 11:38 PM

From what I understand about cows being fed candy (gummy bears and the like) is that it is cheaper than feeding them grain, although there are strict limits on the percentage of this in their diets. In any case, it is probably no different than grass or grain as they are all broken down into sugars in the rumen(?) and digested by bacteria into nutrients for the cow.

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on October 13, 2013
at 07:58 PM

I've seen this question on here a bunch. It's up to you. Conventional is going to be cheaper and easier to find, grassfed will be more expensive and gamier tasting. If you want the more nutritious piece of meat, you go grassfed. I mostly look at the omega ratios.. up to 20:1 or so if you're eating the cows fed grains and drugs in a small cage, and down to 3:1 if you're getting the happy cows outside eating grass.

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on October 13, 2013
at 10:56 PM

OMG conventional beef is so terrible for you! You should probably just eat soy if you can't find grass fed organic happy beef! (/sarcasm)

Seriously, even though grass fed is best, eating conventional beef isn't going to kill you. I think it's generally wise not to eat really fatty cuts of conventional beef, but if you genuinely can't stand the taste of grass fed, better to eat some nice marinated (lean) flank steak than a tofu-dog. (Would you consider starting with ground grass fed beef and seasoning the heck out of it, then working from there?)

And yeah, all beef has gristle if it' been poorly butchered... another reason to see if you can find an actual butcher in your community!

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on October 13, 2013
at 09:43 PM

If you are in the US the answer is definitively NO. Other countries like the UK/ Europe have better standards.

The issues are many in the US

- antibiotic use on cows because they are all sick

- hormone use on cows, these get stored in the fat

- cows fed moldy grains and cows store mold toxins inside them, which you eat, note that mold toxins are among the most harmful substances know to man

- fatty acid profile is negatively impacted e.g. higher omega 6, less monounsaturated fat

- cows are generally in very bad health, they are fed them sweets/ sugar to make them as fat as possible which gives the marbling effect in steak, they end up obese/ diabetic

- grass fed has more nutrients and CLA

The reason red meat is thought to be bad for health is because when they study it most people are eating this terrible quality of meat and suffer ill health from it.

Do you really think it promotes health to eat sick diseased animals???

You must source the best possible meat you can find, otherwise DO NOT BOTHER EATING IT..

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 14, 2013
at 12:12 AM

Hardly a definitive NO.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on October 13, 2013
at 11:38 PM

From what I understand about cows being fed candy (gummy bears and the like) is that it is cheaper than feeding them grain, although there are strict limits on the percentage of this in their diets. In any case, it is probably no different than grass or grain as they are all broken down into sugars in the rumen(?) and digested by bacteria into nutrients for the cow.

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on October 13, 2013
at 08:56 PM

(Grizzle) which is actually gristle isn't a function of GF vs conventional corn fed beef. Gristle is in both and it is more to blame on whomever did the butchering job on the cow. They obviously make more money by weight if the don't do a good job of trimming. GF beef taste like meat to me and not fat, depends mostly on what you grew up eating.

cow - ruminant - corn = e coli not natural

substitute natural grass/silage = no e coli

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on October 13, 2013
at 08:25 PM

The choice is yours as always, but consider this. Grass fed cows generally have more omega 3 availability with omega-6, while corn fed cows provide only omega-6. So the fat ratio is better for you. Also, more availability of antioxidants. Grass fed cows are generally not a mass farmed animal so there is a better chance of proper environment and care vs some of these mega beef plants. Though you should not have to eat something you do not enjoy. Maybe try eating fish to add those missing omega-3 oils and looking into local corn fed cow so as to make sure it was raised humanely and with good sanitation standards. You could even get organic corn fed or at least make sure it is hormone free and what not. Just some pointers!

You could just eat Bacon too! @jfpiclady

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 14, 2013
at 12:11 AM

Omega-6s are already low in cows, so the missing omega-3s (which are an even tinier amount in grass-fed beef) don't really matter.

I do agree that a local grain-fed cow is going to be an even better choice for those who like grain-fed beef.

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on October 13, 2013
at 05:10 PM

depends who you ask. people say there is less toxins and more nutrients in grassfed.

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