I’ve noticed a trend recently with labels on beef packaging, I’ve been seeing a lot of “vegetarian fed” beef. To set the record straight, vegetarian fed beef is not grass fed beef. In fact they are basically as far from each other as you can get. The addition of the “vegetarian fed” label on beef is simply a marketing tactic used to make shoppers think it’s healthier for them. Vegetarian fed beef is not the equivalent of grass feed beef and it is worse for you.
The bottom line…
Vegetarian Fed Beef- Beef that is raised on a diet of grains (i.e. corn).
Grass Fed Beef- Beef that is raised on a diet of grass and grazing.
Since grains are strictly not Paleo, you can see how this may pose an issue. Commercially raised cows are fed a grain based diet to help them gain more fat and mass, this way they provide more revenue when they are slaughtered.
So when it comes down to it, vegetarian fed does not equal grass fed.
Stick with grass fed beef!
Melissa Van Dover