All butter isn’t created equal and that is true even among the different grass fed butters currently on the market. Here at Simply Ghee, we’re proud to be able to say our products are made from 100% grass fed butter.
What is 100% Grass Fed Butter?
Grass is a natural source of food that cows are meant to eat. But the majority of cows producing milk today are given a lot of grain-based feeds that contain soy and corn. And with corn, there’s always the possibility of harmful GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
Cows fed in this way produce huge quantities of milk that is lower in butterfat and other important nutritional elements. And this is the milk used in the production of regular butter.
100% grass fed butter, on the other hand, is made from the milk of cows that are fed grass, as nature intended, rather than grain-based feeds. And in the winter, when these cows are moved inside, they are either fed hay or haylage (haylage refers to grass that’s baled and stored at a higher moisture content than dry hay).
100% Grass Fed Butter: An Important Distinction
“Grass fed” is not the same as “100% grass fed”, and the distinction between the two is critical. Most grass fed butter isn’t actually 100% grass fed because the cows eat some grain in the winter. When cows are 100% grass fed, whether given hay or haylage in the colder months, they are never given any grain-based feeds.
According to Dale Stoltzfus, General Manager of Oasis at Bird in Hand in Pennsylvania, there are too many unknowns with a general “grass fed” label. Questions remain open, such as:
• How often were the cows fed grass? One week? One month? The entire summer?
• And if they weren’t fed only grass, what else were they fed?
While you can easily find “grass fed” products, only a “100% grass fed” label is one that guarantees the cows aren’t fed any grains. These are the cows that produce milk, and therefore butter, that contains the highest possible nutritional benefits.
Benefits of 100% Grass Fed Butter
The health effects of butter vary greatly depending on the diet of the cows it comes from. Cows that eat fresh vegetation that’s rich in nutrients will produce dairy products that are more nutritious and better for our consumption. In countries where cows are mostly grass-fed, dairy fat is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
The butter from 100% grass fed cow’s milk, like the milk itself, is superior to other butter in many ways:
• It contains much higher levels of Vitamin K2, a nutrient that is extremely important for heart health.
• The Omega-3 fatty acid content, another critical component of a healthy heart, is greater.
• Levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) are higher. CLA is a naturally occurring, good trans-fat (as opposed to the bad trans-fats produced in a factory) that’s been linked to positive health effects, such as superior heart health and tumor suppression. It has been shown that pasture feeding leads to dairy CLA levels 3-5 times that of grain-fed cattle.
• There are higher levels of Vitamin A and Carotene, giving 100% grass fed butter its rich yellow color.
Aside from all the nutritional benefits, 100% grass fed butter tastes exceptionally better too. Ultra creamy and smooth, you simply can’t beat the satisfying flavor of butter that comes from cows that are free to roam outside and graze on what nature provides them.
For a delicious addition to a healthy diet, try our 100% grass fed ghee. Visit our website for more information.