Grass-fed beef is a healthier and better-tasting option when it comes to choosing your meat. Whether you are putting one of our grass-fed beef grillers and hamburgers on your BBQ for the Fourth of July or getting ready for a beautiful Christmas dinner roast, you can rest assured that River Road Farms has a nutritious grass-fed beef option for you. See some of the wonderful benefits of grass-fed beef below!
Cattle raised on pasture are constantly on the move, which makes grass-fed beef significantly leaner than its confined and grain-fed counterpart. The sugary diet of grain-fed cattle, which is largely corn and soy-based, leads to fatty and undernourished meat. But grass, as the natural dietary staple of the cow, provides the animals with the nutrition they need to support healthy, strong bodies. When you provide cattle with their natural diet and an active lifestyle roaming beautiful pastures, you get leaner, tastier, and more nutritious meat.
More Healthy Fats
Much of the nutritional benefit of grass-fed beef is its high content of omega-3 fatty acids. ALA, alpha-Linolenic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid that our bodies need to turn food into energy. It is only found in certain plants such as nuts, seeds, and pasture grasses. Since grass-fed cows are grazing on this nutritious grass all day, their meat is chock-full of these important omega-3’s. When you choose grass-fed beef, you know you’ll be getting these nutritional building blocks for a healthy body and mind.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Another great health benefit of grass-fed beef is that its meat is lower in cholesterol and saturated fat than grain-fed beef. It also offers Vitamins A and E, in addition to various antioxidants. These are all key components of a heart-healthy diet. If you are still looking to include red meat in your diet, grab some awesome, grass-fed, pasture-raised steaks like the ones we have here at River Road Farm.
Potential Cancer Fighter
Several studies on grass-fed beef have indicated that in addition to being a lower fat and lower cholesterol meat with tons of beneficial fatty acids, grass-fed beef is also high in CLA, or Conjugated Linoleic Acid. This particular fatty acid is known to help reduce the risk of cancer by disrupting cancer cell replication.
A Safer, Hormone-Free Beef Option
One of the big concerns that goes along with eating grain-fed, mass-produced beef is that you’ll be ingesting hormones and antibiotics. Large beef operations use these drugs to combat infectious diseases that permeate crowded, large-scale livestock environments. But our pasture-raised cattle spend their days in the open, with acres of space and fresh air. This greatly reduces these health risks and the need for antibiotics, growth hormones, and steroids that are so harmful to both the animals and our health. At River Road Farm, our cows are treated with respect and raised 100% hormone and antibiotic-free.
A Bonus Benefit: It’s Environmentally Friendly!
Cows raised on well-managed grass-fed operations require far less heavy machinery to care for them. This greatly reduces the production of fossil fuel emissions that are so harmful to our environment. The cows are also grazed on land that is regularly rotated, which improves the amount and quality of the grass they live on. As such, our beef production has less of a carbon footprint and contributes to a healthier local ecosystem!
River Road Farm, of Franklin, Virginia, has all the beautiful cuts of grass-fed beef you need to enhance your healthy lifestyle. Whether you are looking for options for a backyard barbeque, or you are a restaurant owner looking for a superior supplier, River Road Farm has it all. Call us today at 757-651-9803 or contact us online to place your order.