Are there benefits to pasture-fed protein?

Is there really a difference between Animal Factory food and Grass-Fed food? Some studies indicate that pasture fed animals produce milk, eggs and meat of superior nutritional value. 


● Grass-fed dairy products are higher in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a cancer-fighting and fat-reducing fat. Studies link high CLA levels with a lower risk of breast cancer by up to 74%. – Kuopio University, Finland

● Raising dairy cows on fresh pasture instead of a standard dairy diet increases the CLA content of their milk five-fold. If the pasture is certified organic, it may raise levels more. - Journal of Nutrition Research

● Cheese from grass-fed cows is more than four times richer in CLA than cheese from standard, grain-fed cows. – 2000 Intermountain Nutrition Conference

● Dairy cows that graze on pastures with 20 percent red clover produce 50 percent more cancer-fighting CLA than cows grazing on grasses alone. – US Dairy Forage Research Center.

● Grass-fed butter is richer in vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene than butter from cows fed on stored hay or standard dairy diets. Journal of Diary Science

● Animal factory cows produce up to 17,000 pounds of milk per cycle—20 times more than needed for a healthy calf, which dilutes the milk’s vitamin content, E and beta-carotene. Grass-fed cow produce less milk that is richer in vitamin content. – Journal of Dairy Research

● Milk from cows that are raised on a rotating system, from paddock to paddock, was found to be lower in bacterial count than milk from cows raised in standard confinement dairies. – Journal of Dairy Science.

● The firmness of butter depends on its ratio of saturated and unsaturated fat. At refrigerator temperatures, saturated fat is hard and unsaturated fat is soft, so butter that is easy to spread has less saturated, artery-clogging fat and more (healthier) unsaturated fat. Cows that get all their nutrients from grass have the softest butterfat of all. – Journal of Dairy Science

● Milk from pastured cows contains an ideal ratio of essential fatty acids – omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that diets with roughly equal amounts of these two fats have lower risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, allergies, obesity, diabetes, dementia, and other mental disorders. – The Omega Diet

● Grass-fed dairy tastes delicious, and its butter and cheese yield a bright yellow color, proof of their rich supply of carotenes. It also gives cookies and cakes a rich buttery color that “hasn’t been seen since Grandma’s day.” – Jo Robinson, Super Healthy Milk

1 Comment for this entry

  • Kim M. Madai

    March 20th, 2010 on 9:35 am

    It’s Soylent Green, all over again. The Corporations are NOT interested in our health…It’s just “Feeding the Masses” We are getting poisoned, and They know it. Everyone has their hands in the mud. Get educated. The Masses are Asses.

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