Four Reasons Grass Fed Is Better

Improved nutritional content, more humane treatment, and less adverse environmental impact are just a few reasons grass fed is better.

Grass fed cows

If cows ate paleo they’d be grass fed. That’s because the ancestors of present day cows spent their days gnawing grass. These days, too many cows subsist on a diet of commercial feed full of corn, soy, grains, hormones, antibiotics, vegetable oil byproducts, and various high starches. Grass fed is better for the cows and better for the humans that eat cow derived products too. Here are the many health benefits to inform your purchasing decisions.

Grass Fed Butter

Grass fed butter is better.

Grass fed butter is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which lower inflammation and blood pressure. Grass fed butter also has more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a long-chain fatty acid and omega-6 that the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition laid out the benefits of CLA:  it helps reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, fights inflammation, improves bone health, and strengthens your immunity.

Grass fed butter also contains Butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that is a net positive for your gut biome, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, gives you improved energy, and keeps digestion running smoothly. Butter derived from grass-fed cows also passes on all the benefits of grass to its consumers. That means more fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, K, and E.

The difference between grass and grain fed butter is significant enough that you can discern it visually. Grain fed is pale yellow or white; grass fed possesses a strikingly yellow hue. You should also remember that organic butter is not the same as grass fed butter. All it means to be organic is to be free of pesticides. There's also Irish butter, which is European-style butter from Ireland. Most Irish butter is also grass fed, but you should double check the label either way.

You can incorporate butter into your cooking so long as you keep the temperature below 350 degrees fahrenheit. If you are lactose intolerant, you may be able to use Ghee butter. That's butter where the casein gets cooked out, which translates to golden fat. Ghee can actually withstand higher cooking temperatures since the milk proteins, which is what burns at higher temps, is gone.

If you still don't want to consume butter after reading that, you should at least not consume margarine, which is made out of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats). If you know anything about the 8 best keto friendly oils then you'll know that trans fats are bad for you. They raise inflammation, harm your blood vessels and arteries, and may lead to bad cholesterol.

Grass fed whey

Grass fed whey is better.

The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture studied the differences in whey protein content between cow's milk collected in late pasture and early indoor feeding season from conventional and organic farms in Poland. Grass fed is better because it produces whey with more beta-lactoglobulin, lactoferrin, and lysozyme. Obviously, these are good things since they're being brought up in an article about the advantages of grass-fed products.

Beta-lactoglobulin (B-Lg) constitutes more than 50% of whey. It improves your immunity, cholesterol, and blood pressure. It also wards off cancer. Grass fed whey also has more cysteine, a non-essential amino acid that boosts your liver help and also wards off cancer. Then there’s lactoferrin, a protein you get from grass fed whey, also improves your immune system, reduces inflammation, reduces oxidative stress (a precursor to many illnesses), and study from the journal Biometals strongly suggested anti-cancer properties.

Lysozyme plays a critical part in combating harmful bacteria. The Journal of Food Protection, for example, conducted a study that demonstrated how lysozyme obstructs the growth of listeria. The Journal of Dairy Research showed that lysozyme working in conjunction with lactoferrin can reduce intestinal inflammation in pigs. Potentially, that makes grass fed whey a boon for people living with chronic bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease.

 Grass Fed Beef

Grass fed beef is better.

Grass fed beef has lower fat content than grain fed beef and, as a result, grass fed diet, which makes the meat itself less calories. Grass fed beef also contains CLA, which provides all of the aforementioned benefits of CLA (including cancer fighting properties, and improved cardiovascular health). Grass fed beef also contains electrolytes, which your body loses in greater numbers while you do keto because you're burning fat at an accelerated rate. Replenishing your electrolytes is one way of reducing the severity of keto flu if you happen to experience it (keto flu being the constellation of symptoms some get when going into ketosis, which may include headache, fatigue, and irritability). Grass fed meat also has higher levels of healthy fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than conventional beef does.

Grass fed farming is better

Grass fed practices are better.

One of the reasons grass fed is better is rotational grazing. That’s the method most often employed by farmers who raise grass fed cattle. The way it works is that the cows can only eat on a particular chunk of land for a specific amount of time. They eat all the grass and are then rotated to another area. That means there's no overgrazing and the cows fertilize the Earth to help replenish the grass. That leads to improved soil quality, which leads to better grass, which leads to better milk, beef, and whey.

The alternative is factory farming. The whey, dairy, and beef cattle end up full of growth hormones and antibiotics, and eat feed that they're not suited to digest under inhumane conditions. Factory farming keeps cows in small spaces. They don't graze or get fresh air. They're just packed tight, and pushed around by uncaring employees. All this to speed up dairy, whey, and beef production.

Feeding cows antibiotics can leads to antibiotic resistant bacteria. How? Because of natural selection. The bacteria that survive the antibiotics are the bacteria that are antibiotic resistant. They're the bacteria that end up growing in number and, as a result, become a potential human health risk. Bottom line, every product you buy that’s the result of factory farming (whey, butter, or beef) just encourages the use of antibiotics and breeds more drug resistant bacteria. So if you want a healthier you and healthier bows, grass fed is better.