Is Grass-Fed Dairy Better?
By Sara Butler
You may have heard a lot about the advantages of grass-fed cows, but what’s the real deal? How does what a cow is fed impact you when you eat it and is it really better? Here’s what you need to know about grass-fed beef and dairy so you can decide if you want to introduce it into your diet.
What It Means to Be Grass Fed
Most of the dairy products and beef you find on grocery store shelves in the United States come from cows that were fed corn. It fattens the animals up at a low cost, but the cow’s stomach cannot successfully digest corn so it makes them more susceptible to disease. These diseases can easily spread to humans, which is why grass-fed beef products may be healthier for your consumption.
The Benefits of Grass-Fed Products
It is true that grass-fed cows are generally healthier than cows that aren’t grass-fed, which means their milk and meat are healthier too. In fact, grass-fed dairy and meat have more nutrients in it than the alternatives. It’s higher in beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acid, and omega-6.
Grass-fed cows that have access to fresh pasture gras are also better for the environment since their manure works to replenish the soil, which then reduces water pollution and erosion.
Don’t Buy Counterfeit Grass-Fed Products
For all the reasons listed above, a lot of people look for grass-fed beef products. That means the demand has gone up, and that has led to some misleading advertising you will want to avoid if you’re looking for the real deal.
Something you should be aware of is that technically all cattle are grass-fed until they get to a feedlot. So, anyone can say their product is from “grass-fed” cows and not be lying about it. Lucky for you, there are some strict and reliable certifications for truly grass-fed beef out there. You should look for products certified by:
- The American Grassfed Association
- Food Alliance, Certified Grassfed
- Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW)
- Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) 100 percent Grassfed
A few brands are also well known to be truly grass-fed, so look for these brands when shopping:
- Maple Hill Creamery
- Organic Valley
- Working Cows Dairy
As long as you follow these guidelines, you should have no trouble buying truly grass-fed dairy and meat products for your family!
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