Where’s the Beef?

In my frying pan… Grass fed beef! This type of beef comes from cows that have been fed their natural diet foraging on grass. The majority of store bought beef is grain fed, and grain strips the beef of its healthy fats, including a perfect ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Google those three and you’ll discover all of their benefits.

Grass fed beef is naturally leaner too (about 8% in the picture below, which is lower than the 10% Extra Lean found in your local supermarket) and, IMO, tastes better too! If you don’t know a farmer who raises cattle and sells it, check out www.eatwild.com. This is a great resource, with only legitimate operations making their list.

 Every province and state has a few options, and here in Winnipeg, Harborside Farms (yes, they spell it the American way) delivers free of charge to Winnipeg every second weekend. I highly recommend them. The pic below is without any fat drained. Compare that to the fat drenched version you probably cooked recently and do the math.

Need another reason? Grocery stores often do everything they can to keep profit margins as high as possible. Don’t think for a second your best interests are top of mind with supermarket execs. Case in point: The XL Foods recall, which affected beef at nearly every major grocery chain in Canada


Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.