With so many confusing and misleading labels on packages, pasture-raised is emerging as the best way to ensure optimal health and nutrition, and radical transparency is the best way for you to check those claims.
When animals are pasture-raised it means they are literally raised outdoors and moved daily to fresh pasture.
Here are five reasons why that is better for you:
Pastured cattle that is grass-fed and grass finished, is the only kind of beef containing conjugated linoleic acid which helps prevent weight gain. It has more good fats like omega-3 and less bad fats. It has more antioxidants, including vitamin E. It also has much more vitamin K2 which is vital for getting calcium into your bones and away from your arteries where it causes plaque and heart attacks.
Pasture-raised and forested pigs who also consume acorns have higher levels of omega-3 fats along with micronutrients like vitamin E and iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Pasture raised chicken contains 50% more vitamin A compared to conventionally raised chicken. Vitamin A is important for vision, immune system strength, skin health and cell division and growth.
Lamb raised on pasture is higher in protein and lower in fat than those raised in feedlots. Studies show pasture-raised lamb to have 14% less fat and 8% more protein.
Turkeys raised on pasture with a diverse diet results in good fat being stored in their muscle meat and higher ratios of protein to fat.
Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative is a group of small-scale family farmers raising meat the right way—on 100% fresh pasture—and delivering to your door. Frozen at the peak of freshness, all our meats are nutrient dense and 100% traceable from pasture to plate.