Being Green

My Grass fed burger

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Time to fix lunch on a Saturday

I heard beef produced from cows feed with grass were a healthier and more sustainable choice versus cows fed with grain. When I was at the supermarket and happened to be making my way past the frozen food section I decided to give burgers produced by grass a try. I realized the best way to reduce our carbon footprint is to eliminate meat.  Truth be told, I have not progressed to the vegetarian level where I am ready to remove meat from my diet. Therefore, I will attempt to do as best as I can with the meat I do consume.

Isn’t all just Beef?

100% grass fed beef comes from cows which live on pastures year-round instead of being fed a processed diet. This results in the beef produced by these cows having over 300% more vitamin A and E than grain-fed beef. Beef produced from grass fed cows has higher unsaturated fats and less saturated fats and higher levels of healthy omega 3 fatty acid. Grain-fed cattle are “fattened up” on a variety of grain or corn by-products, which results in the beef containing higher levels of fat and cholesterol.

Time to cook my burger

I noticed the price per burger for the grass fed burger happened to be more than twice that of the burgers (grain fed) I normally purchased.  As cooked my burger I found there was a lot less grease and the burger cooked faster.  Once I tasted the burger I found the burger did not leave the normal heavy sensation in my stomach a typical burger leaves. Research indicated the lighter feeling in my stomach and reduced cooking time resulted from its lower fat content.  I am not sure why more people are not aware of this greener meat option since most people think about leaner meat products they tend to automatically think about chicken and fish.

This was my attempt to be more sustainable on a Saturday afternoon. I should experiment with a green practice every week. Who knows what I might be able to accomplish over the course of a year.

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