12 Toxic Lies the Food Industry Keeps Telling You in 2021
#3. Grass-fed cows eat only grass all their lives
We must admit: the meat industry has evolved a lot in recent years. Now we can find hormone-free, antibiotic-free, cage-free or grass-fed products on the market, which means they come from animals who had been living a healthy life.
Products with such labels are also considerably more expensive than their alternatives, which also makes you think they’re much healthier.
But are they really?
Healthline reports found that grass-fed beef indeed contains more omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients than its alternatives.
Up until 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service had a strict definition for the word ‘grass-fed:’ the beef must have come from cows that were only fed grass and had ‘continuous access to pasture during the growing season.’
Now there are basically no rules as to how manufacturers can use the word. This means that some of that ’grass-fed’ beef actually comes from cows that have also been fed grains. Your best bet is to purchase beef labeled as ‘grass-finished.’