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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.

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We’ve repeatedly heard from various sources, whether a doctor, a teacher or a health enthusiast colleague, about the dangers fats pose to our health and the importance of minimizing our fat consumption. But what these caring information providers weren’t aware of was a very important fact:

It isn’t so much the amount of fats in our diets, but rather the types of fats we consume, that really impact our overall health.

All Fats are not Created Equal

Unhealthy, or “bad”, fats increase cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, whereas healthy, or “good”, fats help to protect your heart and support overall health.

So, how do you know the good from the bad? There are four main types of fats, each present in different types of foods:

1) Trans Fats

Trans fats are found seemingly everywhere, from vegetable shortening and fried foods, to many prepackaged snacks. In order to give products a longer shelf life, the chemical makeup is modified, transforming the naturally occurring fats into ones our bodies don’t recognize. As unnatural as these are, it’s no surprise that consumption of trans fats has been associated with many health issues.

2) Saturated Fats

Present in whole-fat dairy products, butter and animal products, saturated fats have received a bad rap, often being cited as an unhealthy fat. When consumed in moderation, they are actually part of a healthy diet, enhancing calcium absorption and immune function, along with providing other benefits.

3) Monounsaturated Fats

Monounsaturated fats are in many oils, including olive oil and corn oil, as well as avocados and nuts. They are considered a healthier fat, and can be beneficial to your heart when part of a well-balanced diet.

4) Polyunsaturated Fats

Polyunsaturated fats, also considered heart healthy in moderation, are found in grain products and fatty fish like salmon and tuna.

Healthy fats are essential to both our overall wellness, serving vital roles in both our physical and emotional health. While trans fats should be avoided as much as possible, the other three types of fats all provide different health benefits and should be mindfully consumed as part of a regular diet.

Is Ghee a Healthy Fat?

Since it’s derived from butter, ghee does have a fairly high fat amount of saturated fat, however, it has many benefits that make it a healthy alternative to butter or oil. And the butter used in making ghee is from grass fed cows. Why does this make a difference? Butter from grass fed cows is so much healthier than butter from cows fed hay, as it contains many more nutrients.

Ghee, just like butter, can be used to add rich flavor to many dishes, but without the unhealthy effects associated with butter. While butter has been found to increase unhealthy levels of cholesterol, studies on both animals and humans have shown a decrease in levels of unhealthy cholesterol as a result of frequent consumption of ghee. This could be due to the results of a 2013 study, published in “Lipids in Health and Disease”, which found that ghee is useful in preventing heart disease because it protects the arteries from hardening by removing unwanted cholesterol.

The Healthy Choice

Forget what your well-meaning colleague preached to you about needing to completely cut out all fats from your diet. Instead, replace the not-so-good-for-you fats with healthy ones that promote overall health. While you’re at it, try including ghee as a regular part of your diet for additional healthy heart benefits!

Want to learn more about the health benefits of ghee? Check out our website or Facebook page for more information on our unbelievably delicious ghee products.

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There has been a lot of buzz about Bulletproof Coffee across the country but so far, we haven’t heard a lot about it in Lancaster County. But get ready, because it’s been a growing trend, especially among Cross Fit people and Paleo dieters and its supporters say the touted benefits are increased energy, stamina and even help some folks stay satiated so they can keep their hunger at bay.

Bulletproof Coffee was conceived by Dave Asprey, an entrepreneur who was inspired to create the drink after he claimed to have a significant increase in energy and no problems with altitude sickness after he consumed a cup of yak butter tea at 18,000 feet on a Tibetan mountainside. His recipe is combining black coffee with unsalted grass-fed butter and MCT oil in a blender for a frothy, latte-like drink.

Of course, this ghee gal is wondering why we haven’t heard of replacing the butter with organic, grass-fed ghee for an even healthier version? How about mixing it up with some our Honey Ghee to add a pinch of sweetness?

I’m here to tell you, I’ve tried it and it is delicious! Some reports say it’s best to have it in place of the usual breakfast. I’m going to drink it as my breakfast for a week and see how I feel. More to come later!

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Ghee from Lancaster County

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