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Grass-Fed, A Step Beyond Organic

November 15, 2016

Grass-Fed, A Step Beyond Organic

Organics have taken the modern food market by a storm. As a result, local grocery stores, super markets and restaurants are filled with ‘organic’ products. As soon as you hear the term organic, you assume that the respective product is free from harmful substances such as synthetic hormones, residues of pesticides and so forth. Moreover, organic products don’t have any controversial additives that may affect human health. Apart from the direct health benefits they deliver, organic is known to be an eco-friendly choice that provides a net benefit to the environment. However, considering all the facts, when it comes to animal production, going organic isn’t as effective as you may think. When it comes to products that are made by animals, we believe the best approach is to go for grass-fed instead of relying on organic.

Animals raised under an organic certification live a drastically different lifestyles than their grass-fed brothers and sisters. When raised in large herds, there is no guarantee that organic breeders don't keep these animals in confinements. Additionally, organic animals are still typically fed a grain based diet. Animals raised in this manner possess fewer nutrients (particularly when it comes to products like dairy) and live a less humane life.

Beyond organic dairy

Studies show grain contains lesser amounts of essential nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E compared to grass. Eventually, animals that are raised based on grass will produce milk (and meat) rich in fats, vitamins and minerals. Apart from that, health professionals claim that grain-feeding may hold back the process of producing CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Interestingly (yet shockingly), numerous lab tests confirm that most of the grain-fed dairy products consist of no omegas as well as CLA. When it comes to grass-fed dairy, however, the conditions are as natural as they get; cows are naturally adapted to eat grass, their metabolism and digestive system has evolved to accept grass to be the first preference. Therefore, you should always go for dairy products made from grass fed animals. If you prefer to purchase the healthiest version of the dairy products, grass fed dairy should be your first preference undoubtedly.

Grass-fed promotes food safety

Many consumers are highly concerned about food safety. When it comes to food safety, due to obvious reasons, grass-fed dairy can be ranked above ‘organic’ products. As per the scientific explanations, grain feeding promotes acid production in the digestion system of animals like cows. Such environment within the digestive system tolerates the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria. Such acidic friendly microorganisms have high potential to survive in our body even with the natural cleansing process our bodies implement. The end result of such process is an unhealthy body.

Bottom-line

Without being mislead by ‘organic’, we believe choosing healthy grass-fed products is the best option. When you purchase a dairy product, be sure to verify if it is made by grass-fed cows and avoid any guesswork.