Why Grass-Fed?

rcc-picRough Creek Cattle Company has found the health benefits of grass-fed beef far outweigh any grain-fed feedlot beef. For more information on the nutritional value of grass-fed verses grain-fed, we have attached relevant articles on this website. Also interesting to note is the recent 2009 study just completed by the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina that found grass-fed beef to be far more superior to grain-fed beef in 10 significant ways. The study found that grass-fed beef is higher in Vitamin E, Vitamin B, thiamin, riboflavin, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, higher in total Omega-3's, has a healthier ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, higher in CLA (a potential cancer fighter), and lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease!

Please take a moment to read some articles below written by New York Times columnist, Jo Robinson.

Organically certified meat, poultry, and dairy products are now available at your local supermarket. When you see the green USDA organic label, you know the food is going to be free of pesticide residues, synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and genetically-modified grain. Compared with ordinary meat, this is a step in the right direction.

But the USDA organic beef regulations fall short of many people's expectations—especially when it comes to cattle. Specifically, the USDA rules allow cattle to be fed a high-grain diet—not their native diet of grass—and permit cattle to be confined much of the time. That expensive, USDA-certified organic steak at your grocery store is likely to come from a cow that spent most of its time in a feedlot eating far too much grain.

In my Grandma's day, there was no such thing as a bad fat. All fat was "good" simply because it tasted good. My Grandma fried her eggs in bacon grease, added bacon grease to her cakes and pancakes, made her pie crusts from lard, and served butter with her homemade bread. She was able to thrive on all that saturated fat—but not my grandfather. He suffered from angina and died from heart failure at a relatively young age.