What has less saturated fat, less cholesterol, and is strong and lean all over?
Grass fed beef. Our grass fed steers are lean. They get lots of exercise as they graze in our native grass prairies (versus the cooped-up conditions of their mass production, feedlot counterparts). And you know who else knows our beef is lean? The USDA.
Here’s a foodie fact: for ground beef to be labeled “lean” by the USDA, a 4-ounce serving must have less than 10 grams of fat, less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol. Farmer Girl ground beef is even leaner. That’s so important we’re going to say it again. Farmer Girl grass-fed beef is even leaner than conventional grain-fed, lean meat. It’s super lean!
We all talk about fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. But what do those words really mean? Read on, for a quick Farmer Girl nutrition workshop! Fat Fat is not an evil villain. As Medical News Today explains: “Fat is a nutrient. It is crucial for normal body function and without it we could not live. Not only does fat supply us with energy, it also makes it possible for other nutrients to do their jobs.?1 Those other nutrients include Vitamins A, D, E and K, which can’t be absorbed without fat. If we didn’t have some fat in our diet, our bodies would be weak and sick! Fat gets problematic when we eat the wrong kind, and too much of it. Eating more than we need makes us overweight, and you don’t need us to tell you all of the health problems that go hand in hand with that. So why do people eat fatty meat? Often they think fat makes the meat taste better. To those folks we say, try Farmer Girl super-lean ground beef!
Our delicious meat gets its flavor from our steers’ diet of fresh, clean prairie grass, not icky fat. Just how lean is superlean? A 4-ounce serving of Farmer Girl ground beef has only 8 grams of fat, which makes it about as lean as a chicken breast. And since it’s lower in fat, it’s also lower in calories. A serving of Farmer Girl ground beef has half the calories of conventional ground beef. But you’re not giving up any of the good fats. Because our steers are 100% grass fed, Farmer Girl ground beef has almost twice as many awesome, brain-building Omega-3 fatty acids than grocery store ground beef. That’s a seriously good fat fact! Saturated fat & cholesterol Saturated fat and cholesterol are the naughty fats in our diet.
According to the American Heart Association: :Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of blood cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.”2 Saturated fats are found in meat, dairy and eggs, as well as coconut and palm oils. Scientists have proven that saturated fats directly raise our total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. But here’s the good news: Farmer Girl ground beef has only 3 grams of saturated fat, which is less than you’ll find in a cup of whole milk! Excess cholesterol can leave a hard, thick deposit of plaque in our arteries, which narrows the space for blood to flow to the heart. Over time, the buildup can lead to heart disease. Too much cholesterol has been linked to everything from stroke to angina to heart attacks. Not good! Fortunately, a 4 ounce serving of Farmer Girl ground beef has 60mg of cholesterol, which is significantly less than the 77mg of cholesterol you’ll find in a four-ounce serving of “85% lean” grocery store ground beef. If you’re watching your fat and cholesterol intake, here’s all you need to remember. Farmer Girl ground beef is, hands down, healthier than any grocery store ground beef. It tastes richer and yummier because our cattle only eat native prairie grasses–no grains or yucky processed fillers. And of course, our clean, yummy meat is delivered straight from our pastures to your front door, so it’s as super easy as it is superlean! Enjoy!