Lower in Fat and Calories
Over the last 30 years, people worldwide have made a fundamental change in the foods that they eat. They eat significantly less beef and dairy fats than they did just a few years ago. Despite all of this, people are steadily gaining weight. In the United States alone, the number of Americans who are at least 20 pounds overweight has grown from 25% in 1985 to more than 34% today. Because of the way conventional cattle are raised, the American dieter is consuming more fat and calories and less CLA with every bite of beef.
However, one the many advantages of grassfed beef is the fact that it is lower in total fat than conventional grainfed beef. The small amount of fat in grassfed beef is beneficial to our bodies and research shows that lean beef actually lowers "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. The following chart shows how grassfed beef compares to other popular meats in regards to the amount of fat per 3 ounce serving.
Because meat from grassfed beef is lower in fat, it is also lower in calories. For example, a 6-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer can have 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer. If you eat a typical amount of beef (66.5 pounds a year), switching to lean grassfed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year. If everything else in your diet remains the same, you'll lose about six pounds a year.