posted on Apr, 19 2014 @ 08:29 AM
originally posted by: musicismagic
I had my first taste of US steak last night in over 20 years. I don't eat or buy it, but the wife wanted it for bbq. It was so horrible and tasteless
that I tried to not even finish the very small piece I dipped into the sauce. What happened to American beef, why so terrible. I remember about 23
years ago, my brother-in-law made bbq hamburgers and the burgers all fell apart on the grill. I knew then something was wrong with the beef. Never was
like that when I was a kid.
They feed them grain because it's a cheap and quick way to fatten the cows up thereby increasing the fat content of the meat which actually improves
the flavor. Unfortunately, it isn't really a normal diet for cattle so to keep them from getting sickly, they inject them with antibiotics and
hormones. You can purchase grass fed beef which is better all the way around, but I've had both on several occasions and there's not a noticeable
difference in taste. I've also eaten my fair share of imported beef such as Kobe and Wagyu and again, we're talking negligible differences to the
average person. A lot of it comes down to handling, aging, seasoning and cooking.
What you should be concerned with most isn't the flavor, it's all the crap that they inject the cattle with and what they feed them in addition to
grain. Let me explain:
Commercial producers are always trying to save a dime and in their eyes, protein is protein is protein. It's not uncommon to use the bits that can't
be used even for LFTB (pink slime), which includes tissue from the CNS and digestive tract, for production of things like chicken feed. Chicken
feathers, droppings, and uneaten food pellets can then be shoveled up, and reprocessed into feed which is in turn fed back to cows. Aside from being
disgusting, this could ultimately also be dangerous as the prions that cause BSE or "mad cow disease" are concentrated in the CNS and digestive
tract tissues and could survive processing intact only to be eaten by another cow thereby increasing the risk of any particular cow contracting BSE
which poses a risk to people eating the cow as BSE can be transmitted to humans. In humans it's called vCJD (new variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob
disease). There's no treatment and it's a really bad way to die.