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It is not the cow, it is the how

Is there a more sustainable, healthier form of beef? At field doctor we like the phrase, ‘its not the cow, the how’. We only use beef from farms that follow sustainable farming practices and animals are reared to the highest standards of welfare in a stress-free environment and are fed on feed grown on the farm. All of this contributes to the outstanding quality of the meat and a better nutritional profile. We also believe is 'less meat, but the best' so where we use meat in a meal it is not the main feature but rather a complement to our nutritious vegetable and wholegrain ingredients.


Our organic British beef is from the Rhug Estate Organic Farm and used in our new Cottage Pie, Smokey Chipotle meatballs. Beef Ragu Penne (all low FODMAP) and our Beef + Lentil Lasagne, Beef + Quinoa Meatballs (not low FODMAP).  

Interesting facts


‘You are what you eat’ applies to cows too. The way that cows are fed can has a significant effect on the nutrient composition of their beef. The breed and cut of the meat considerably affect the fat composition of the beef so where possible choose leaner cuts.

Rich in


  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • B vitamins (B1,6,12)

Key health benefits


Studies show that there are some significant differences in the nutritional composition of organic grass fed vs grain fed beef.


  • Lower in saturated fat. Grass fed, organic beef usually contains less saturated fat than grain fed beef. A diet lower in saturated fat helps prevent cardiovascular diseases (1, 2).
  • Higher in omega-3. Grass fed beef has significantly more omega-3 fatty acids than grain fed beef. One study showed that grass fed beef had up to five times more omega-3 than grain fed beef. Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid that is linked to numerous health benefits (2,3).
  • Better/higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) are found in grass-fed vs grain fed beef. Many studies link CLA to improved metabolic health and a lowered risk of many diseases (2,5).
  • Richer in micronutrients. All beef is nutritious when it comes to certain vitamins and minerals, however recent studies show that grass-fed organic beef contains more vitamin A, E and other nutrients like antioxidants (4,5).

Sasha Watkins

Registered dietitian and co-founder of Field Doctor

IG: @sashadietitian

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