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Why Is Grass Fed Beef a Good Source of Iron and Protein?

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Why Is Grass Fed Beef a Good Source of Iron and Protein?

To fully understand why beef is a good source of iron and protein, it is essential to look at the overall makeup and benefits of grass fed meat. Grass fed beef contains higher amounts of iron and is rich in vitamins and minerals. 

Protein in Beef

Frequently referred to as the body's building blocks, proteins help make muscles, tendons, organs, skin, enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and various other molecules. These proteins contain smaller molecules called amino acids which are linked to form long protein chains. Your body produces some amino acids, but the rest comes from diet.
The best sources of protein are meats, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Beef is primarily composed of protein and varying amounts of fat. In a 100-gram serving of beef, you can expect about 26 grams to be protein. Generally, the protein content of lean-cooked beef is approximately 26-27%. Animal protein, especially beef, is typically high-quality as it contains all nine essential amino acids. Also, animal protein is one of the most complete dietary protein sources. The amino acid profile of beef is almost identical to that of our muscles. making it the perfect source of protein to help maintain and grow muscle mass.

Benefits of Iron 

A diet that incorporates a healthy amount of beef can be beneficial in anemia prevention. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, high-quality beef also delivers a substantial amount of iron. Meat iron is mostly in heme form, which is the type of iron that comes from animal proteins and  the body efficiently absorbs it.
Anemia is characterized by a decreased number of red blood cells and reduced ability of the blood to carry oxygen. Anemia results from iron deficiency. A great way to add iron into your diet is through high-quality grass fed and finished beef. Not only is Pre beef high in quality because of our curation standards, but the nutrition and iron benefits will most often complement a diet that requires a higher iron intake.

Benefits of Grass Fed Beef Over Grain Fed

Although every animal provides an excellent protein source and may help prevent anemia, the meat's nutritional value relies on the food the animal receives. If you choose to eat red meat, several studies suggest grass fed and finished beef is the healthier choice than grain-fed beef.
Overall, grass-fed beef:
  • has a higher antioxidant content
  • higher amounts of vitamin E
  • lower amounts of fat
  • a healthier fatty acid profile
  • higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids
Because of the higher quality of food the cattle receive, beef from grass-fed cattle is higher in nutrients than beef from grain-fed cattle. 

Pre and Grass-Fed Beef

Pre knows a thing or two about grass-fed beef, and we've been at the top of the beef game for years. From the field to your table, we consistently source only grass-fed & finished beef that has been raised and finished without the addition of hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs.
Order your high-quality grass-fed beef from Pre today and take full advantage of our grass-fed beef's many nutritional qualities. Check out our store locator to find where you can buy Pre near you, or purchase from our online store and get Pre beef sent right to your door!
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