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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Grass Fed Vs. Grain Fed Meat?
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KikiB    4

My sister suggested that grain fed beef would contain gluten. I haven't read anything about this. Do we have to worry about grain fed meats?

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mushroom    1,205

No, the grain does not make its way into the meat. The only difference between grain fed and grass fed is the hormones and antibiotics that the grain fed animals are also fed to keep them healthy and growing.

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mamaw    133

no, but I will say grass fed beef & grassfed finished beef is so much better & tastier for us.....no comparison.....

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LauraB0927    31

I get fantastic grass fed beef from a local place and I cant even describe how much easier it is to digest. After eating grain-fed beef from the regular grocery store, I would always have a heavy feeling in my stomach and it would take a while to digest. Totally different with grass fed meat - it tastes so much better and is soft and tender. I definitely recommend getting it!!!

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mushroom    1,205

Well, y'all are forcing me to admit that I can't eat feedlot beef :P and not because I am squeamish about it. It wires me up and keeps me awake, like my head is directly plugged in to the electrical outlet. And yes, the grass-fed is so much better tasting. They are starting to introduce feed lots in New Zealand now :o it won't be long before they will have to start putting grass-fed labels on down here too.

I just had my mod hat on before and was trying to be impartial. :wacko::D

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mamamonkey    4

Thanks for asking this. :) I was wondering the same thing. We get beef from my grandparents that is grass fed and grain finished. I didn't think it would make a difference, but you never know!

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IrishHeart    1,634

I just had my mod hat on before and was trying to be impartial. :wacko::D

I will admit to this one too. I prefer the taste of grass fed beef and I prefer KerryGold Irish butter, too.

KIKIB--there is no reason to fear meats because they are fed grains.

There is absolutely no evidence that I can find (and believe me, I have looked) suggesting that gluten grains somehow magically enter the animal's meat. And I eat enough meat to be able to tell you---I am not getting glutened. I do make sure the meat we buy comes from animals that are not fed antibiotics and growth hormones. I prefer to buy meats from the local butcher or a local farm, for this reason. Those guys can always tell me where it all came from.

Enjoy that burger! :)

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frieze    114

the only potential for gluten contamination would be from terrible processing...ie, contaminated from the intestines of the animal slaughtered. This may be an issue with fowl.

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dreacakes    2

FYI it's not just the antibiotics and hormones that make grass fed and industrialized beef different. Cows that are fed grain are really sick for their entire lives, because they aren't supposed to eat grain.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010511074623.htm

So you're eating a sick animal. In addition, the food changes the nutrients in their flesh. Normally beef has wonderful omega 3s, which are amazing for you. However, the fat of these grain fed cows is mostly made of omega 6s, which in large amounts cause inflammation in humans (we already have a massive over-abundance of omega 6s in our modern diets)

So grain fed beef may not have gluten in it, but it's unhealthy to eat, it's inhumane, and those feedlots are negatively impacting our environment too.

If you can't find affordable grass fed beef in the grocery stores in your area, this website has a nation wide listing of local farmers where you can buy beef directly (and in bulk, so much cheaper than what you get it for in the store!)

http://www.eatwild.com/

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mushroom    1,205

Yes, it's because they are unwell that they are fed the antibiotics, I believe. We have had other threads on this subject:

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KikiB    4

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KIKIB--there is no reason to fear meats because they are fed grains.

Enjoy that burger! :)

Thanks! I always buy from Whole Foods -- no hormones, preservatives or antibiotics.

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