When I was a kid I drank a lot of milk. If I drank as much water today as I did milk then, I’d never fear that I don’t hydrate enough. Then I sort of grew out of it. Then I found myself somewhat lactose intolerant and no longer liking the taste of milk. Nowadays my liquid dairy consumption is limited a splash of cream in my coffee (if given the option I choose the fattiest cream) and the occasional cream in my cereal – though I rarely eat cereal, am more likely to eat it for dinner or as a snack, and sometimes eat my cereal with yogurt.
I eat yogurt. Sometimes on granola, sometimes in smoothies, sometimes on its own. Always plain yogurt, always full fat, and always the same brand. It’s got to be Astro® Original Balkan Style (the white and red container). The product description on Astro’s website describes why I like it: “It’s thick and creamy with only 3 ingredients: skim milk, cream and active bacterial cultures.” I don’t want crap in my yogurt and I want to eat real food. Astro is real food with no crap.
Why grass fed dairy?
Cows that are fed grass produce milk that contains
- 5x more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed cows. CLA is good for brain health, heart health, metabolism and more.
- Twice as much Omega 3 fatty acid than grain-fed cows. Half a litre of milk from grass-fed cows provides approximately 191 mg of linolenic acid and 14 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega 3s too are good for overall health.
- More carotene and Vitamin A.
- Vitamin K12, which could reduce, prevent, or counteract arterial plaque.
Dr. Frank Lipman calls grass-fed butter a “superfood”:
After decades of butter-bashing, it’s high time we look at butter for what it is – the forgotten superfood! Butter, at its raw, organic, grass-fed best, really “brings it” nutritionally. So what’s in a stick? Health-supporting vitamins and minerals, such as:
CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which helps reduce belly fat, protects against cancer and encourages muscle growth
Vitamin A to help maintain thyroid, adrenal and cardiovascular health
Vitamin K2 to support bone density and possibly reverse arterial calcification
Vitamin A, D and E, all key anti-oxidants that are essential to good health
Key health supporting nutrients and minerals including lecithin, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iodine and more
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Rolling Meadow Dairy
I was really excited on Friday when, while shopping at Loblaws I saw a sign advertising Rolling Meadow Dairy which produces grass fed product. Then I saw a table with a company rep, congratulated her for getting into Loblaws – it’s a HUGE account to land, asked about the company and sampled the milk. I’d heard of the company before but they weren’t really on my radar. As in, I forgot about them.
The cows that produce milk for Rolling Meadow Dairy live on small Dutch and Mennonite farms in Southern Ontario and are part of small herds. The cows spend nearly half a year on the pasture. Sounds idyllic. Not just Loblaws, Rolling Meadow is also in Sobey’s, Longos, Fiesta Farms and many other stores. I suppose the only reason I’ve never noticed them before is that I don’t drink milk so I wasn’t looking. When I do buy milk for my significant other I stick with the brand he likes.
Milk as a beverage is still not for me. Getting over my cold, the milk gave me a gross mucous sensation at the back of my throat, and I was reminded that I don’t really like the taste of milk anymore. That said, I would do a side-by-side taste comparison between milk from grain-fed and grass-fed cows and I’ve been wanting to try raw milk for awhile. If you’re a milk drinker in Ontario, look for Rolling Meadow grass fed dairy. I’m excited for their other dairy products. The grass-fed butter and yogurt are going to be widely available soon.
- Is All Butter Created Equal? (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Grass-fed beef and milk reach market tipping point as research bolsters nutrition claims (National Post)
- Is it healthier to drink grass-fed or organic milk? (Globe and Mail)
- Hebeisen DF, Hoeflin F, Reusch HP, Junker E, Lauterburg BH. Increased concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in milk and platelet rich plasma of grass-fed cows. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1993;63(3):229-33. PubMed PMID: 7905466.