Grass-fed beef typically comes from cattle that eat only grass and other foraged foods throughout their lives. Often, conventional beef and dairy cattle eat a diet that includes grains, such as corn, at some point. The difference in the diets of the cattle changes the nutrients and fats you get from eating the different types of beef.

Beef-Cuts-ColorGrass-fed beef may have some heart-health benefits that other types of beef don’t have. When compared with other types of beef, grass-fed beef may have:

  • Less total fat
  • More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
  • More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E

Lean beef that’s 10 percent fat or less — whether it’s grass-fed beef or another type of beef — can be part of a heart-healthy diet. But it’s still uncertain whether grass-fed beef adds even more heart-health benefits. Talk to your doctor or dietitian if you’re thinking about adding more lean beef, including grass-fed beef, into your diet.

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The findings below are for “Conventional Beef” and not our Corriente Beef.  For a differences of Corriente Beef to Conventional Beef (as well as other meats), please check out the chart here.


Each 3-ounce serving of broiled top sirloin steak with the fat trimmed off contains 1.6 milligrams of iron, which is 9 percent of the daily value of 18 grams, compared to the 0.9 milligrams found in the same-sized serving of boneless, skinless chicken breast. You need iron for forming red blood cells to carry oxygen to where your body needs it. Iron also helps regulate your body temperature and is essential for brain development and immune function.


Without zinc, you wouldn’t be able to taste or smell. Zinc also plays a role in forming protein and DNA, immune function and wound healing. Each serving of top sirloin steak provides 4.5 milligrams of zinc, or 6 percent of the Daily Value (DV), while each serving of chicken breast only contains 0.9 milligrams of this essential mineral.


Consuming a serving of top sirloin steak provides you with 313 milligrams of potassium, or 9 percent of the DV, compared to only 220 milligrams in chicken breast. You need potassium to counteract some of the blood-pressure raising effects of sodium, and potassium is also necessary for proper nerve and muscle function.

Vitamin B-12

Animal products like beef and chicken are the only reliable source of vitamin B-12, which is essential for brain function and forming DNA and red blood cells. Each serving of top sirloin steak provides 1.5 micrograms, or 25 percent of the DV. A 3-ounce serving of chicken breast contains only 0.3 micrograms of this essential vitamin.

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