Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Got Real Milk? You've Got More Nutrition
I like milk. I like dairy in general. But, when we started buying milk from a local farm that has all grassfed cows, I rediscovered just how good milk can taste. It even tastes different with the seasons. My favorite? The lush grass from early summer seems to offer up the richest tasting milk.
Interestingly, this exact "summer milk," milk from grassfed cows, has now been proven to be significantly higher in beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than their conventional ‘high input’ counterparts. Further, the fatty acids in milk contain a higher ratio of "good" fatty acids like Omega-3 to less desirable fatty acids like Omega-6. Industrial-farmed milk has a more even ratio, which is not as beneficial.
I'm not sure why this study should be a surprise. It's just logical, isn't it? A healthy animal eating a healthy diet produces better milk.
And it tastes better.