What Labels on Beef Really Mean – A Quick Cheat Sheat

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When you’re making choices for your family – you want them to be exemplary. Don’t get me wrong it’s incredibly important to be healthy yourself. Buying food has become a more emotional endeavor for many. But when you’re buying food for little people suddenly it gets so much more complicated. It’s this huge conundrum. You want to do right by the environment, you want to make sure the animals are treated well and you want to make sure what you’re putting in your children’s bodies is safe. I don’t blame you one bit. It’s called being a global citizen and sharing a responsibility for the well being of the earth and it’s inhabitants doesn’t make you paranoid. It makes you generally curious and with all the marketing that goes on how are you supposed to make an educated decision about what goes in your grocery cart?

Grass-Fed Beef: Grass-Fed beef is a voluntary marketing claim describing how beef animals are fed. This describes cattle who only eat forage based diets and grass having continuous access to it as well as milk before weaning. They may not consume any grain or grain byproducts. Grass fed has a more distinct taste and will oftentimes require different preparation and cooking methods.

Natural: Natural simply means minimally processed and containing no additives. This would mean all beef is technically ‘natural’.

Naturally Raised Beef: Is beef from cattle that has been raised without hormones or antibiotics (with the exception of ionophores which are used for parasite control) and that have never consumed animal byproducts.

Organic Beef: Is beef raised upon one hundred percent organic feed (non GMO feed which use organic approved farming practices) and may not have antibiotics or hormones used. This is a product certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture.

Grain fed/finished beef is typically not labeled with anything additionally. It’s the largest majority of beef that is grown in the United States. These beef animals receive a balanced diet of grains, grasses and other forages in feedlots and may have hormones or antibiotics used in their production.

So, with all that mumbo jumbo what’s important to know? It’s as simple as this. All of this beef is safe, wholesome and nutritious. One 3 ounce serving will provide more than ten percent of ten essential nutrients with less than ten percent of the recommended daily calories in your diet! It’s all raised with animal welfare in mind as ninety seven percent of beef farms are family owned and most are very environmentally conscious.


Until next time!





  • Reply ruralris July 14, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Love this post Lauren! All the terms can get me confused, but I love that you make the point to say that it is all safe and nutritious. So true! Great work 🙂

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