How cows are being fed often have a major impact on the beef’s nutrient composition. While today’s cattle are usually fed grains, animals consumed by people through the centuries ate grass and roamed free.
According to Health line, many studies revealed that nutrients found in beef vary based on what cows eat. Although beef is usually mass produced like in the United States, cattle are often grain-fed. But, grass-fed beef is more common in most countries like Australia.
However, do the methods for feeding cows make difference to your own health?
In the United States, many cows begin living the same lives.
Calves are born during early spring and drink milk straight from their mothers. Most of them are given the chance to roam freely and consume grass and other types of edible plants available in their surroundings.
It continues for around 7 to 9 months. After this, majority of conventionally raised cows will then be moved to the feedlots.
The large feedlots are referred to as CAFOs or concentrated animal feeding operations. Here, cows are being kept inside confined stalls, usually with limited space.
Grain-based feeds are given to rapidly fatten them up and these feeds are often made from a corn or soy base. Their diet is often supplemented with some quantities of dried grass.
In order to maximize their growth, drugs are also administered like growth hormones and antibiotics.
Ruhlman writes about how Aaron Miller, a grass-fed beef farmer, and how he believes that beef is all about the fat.
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