Last week we discussed the importance of pastured meats, and how many of the health benefits of eating grass transfer the cow's. This is also so when we consume cow's milk and other dairy products. Traditionally, cows have always been fed grass where they had the ability to graze in the pasture - soaking in the sun and resting at their leisure. Today, factory farming has significantly changed the way we produce food where there is a fast model of production. This has greatly affected the dairy industry where many cows are given hormones and chemicals to fatten them up - producing a product that is made for science and less about nature.
Cows that fed in the pasture not only produce better tasting, but also a higher-quality milk that is rich in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and CLA. Additionally, ensuring that it is organic means that it meets government standards which means it does not contain pesticides, antibiotics and other chemicals.
Here are even more benefits of why grassfed milk is the best for you and your family.
-CLA in grassfed milk is believed to improve the immune and inflammatory systems. This is connected to improved bone mass, blood sugar retention, reduce body fat and reduced risk of a heart attack.
- The omega 3s in grassfed milk is connected with improving immune and the cardiovascular systems.
- Grassfed milk contains a rich mix of vitamins such as vitamin B2, vitamin D and vitamin B12.
- Grassfed milk is rich in minerals, iodine, calcium, and phosphrous.
-Antioxidants found in 100% grassfed whole milk include isoflavones, zinc, beta-cartone, and selenium
When purchasing milk, make sure that it says 100% grassfed. This ensures that cows have spent time outside feeding and have not been fed a processed diet of corn and wheat.