Hagen Family Farms in Snohomish, WA believes that the best meats are the grass-fed kind, raised locally in a humane, caring environment. Grass-fed meats are the reward for treating animals with respect over the course of their lifetime, resulting in an end-product that’s nutritious and delicious.
There are numerous benefits to choosing grass-fed meats, covering categories such as health, taste, and ethical concerns. Let’s take a look at some:
Potential Health Benefits
Reduced risk of heart disease: Research shows that grass-fed meats have considerable “atherogenic” effects – that is, they help prevent fat and plaque build-up in the arteries
Weight-loss benefits: Recent studies point to grass-fed meats as a means of reducing body fat, increasing lean body mass, and improving overall wellness in everyone, especially overweight people
Cancer reduction: Some experts believe that reduced inflammation, minimized tumor growth/spread, and better cell-cycle control - three keys to reducing cancer risk - are all benefits derived from grass-fed meats
Good fat: It’s increasingly evident that grass-fed meats boast far more of the good omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef does – in some cases, 2 - 4 times as much
Better Tasting Meat
Grass-fed animals carry less dangerous bacteria, age more naturally, and produce less methane. All of these characteristics add up to a tastier meat.
When an animal lives a “natural” life, its meat is leaner (less fat) and less-evenly marbled. The grain-fed meat industry stakes its “taste reputation” on fat, marbled meats, but grass-fed meats can be just as tasty thanks to the presence of healthy fats and acids, along with more nutrients and antioxidants due to high levels of beta-carotene.
Many grain-fed meats are too fat, too bland, and require condiments in order to stimulate taste. Not so with grass-fed meats. Every cut has its own distinctive flavor, and there are a variety of different cooking methods that can really make these tastes sing.
Blind taste-tests conducted in recent years have pitted grass-fed meats versus grain-fed meats. The majority of participants couldn’t discern one from the other, which goes to show that even though grass-fed meat lack the fatty, marbled “advantages” of grain-fed meat, it can still taste really good in a variety of cuts and cooking styles.
Grass-fed animals are not forced to live in atrocious conditions. One look at the confines utilized in “factory farming” and you’ll question the “benefits” of treating animals so poorly.
The human-animal bond has existed for millennia. Factory farming destroys this bond, forcing animals to live lives of misery, packed together and depressed. Grass-fed meats take the opposite approach: the human-animal bond is respected, and the results are evident in the meat’s health and taste.
Eating grass-fed meats not only helps the human body feel good, it makes the human mind and spirit feel good, knowing that a conscientious decision has been made to do the right thing
We encourage you to visit Hagen Family Farms, family-owned for almost 70 years, to experience the many benefits our grass-fed meats offer. We also offer vacation rentals near Snohomish, WA - a great place to relax in a beautiful setting while enjoying delicious meals all day long.