Don’t get me wrong, I prefer beef and dairy products from grassfed cows, but there’s a difference between 100% grassfed and partially grassfed (or grassfed up until the last ninety days before slaughter, common with meat products available in our area). Cows are designed by evolution to eat grass – it’s the healthiest diet for them! But as a cost saving measure many large-scale farms supplement with corn, or rely solely on corn (if not the whole time then just for the last ninety days), which can make cows sick and unhealthy.
“You are what you eat eats, too.” – Michael Pollan
According to Michael Pollan, “you are what you eat eats, too,” which means the health of the animal directly impacts the nutritional value of its dairy and meat products. What if you lived your whole life eating a perfectly healthy diet (which is exactly what grass is to cows), but then you let all hell break loose for the last few months and chose to subsist on McDonald’s and cigarettes? How healthy would you be then? Things can unfortunately go downhill fast so this is not a detail that should be overlooked.
Grassfed—What To Look For
The general term “grassfed” is not currently regulated so while some products may claim to be from grassfed animals, that doesn’t necessarily mean they ate grass 100% of the time. And knowing the way some companies take advantage of labels these days (natural anyone?) I wouldn’t be surprised if some slapped on a grassfed term when that was only true 10% of the time. The point is – you just don’t know!
So, what is helpful to know is a regulated label we can trust … and it looks like this:
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This PCO (Pennsylvania Certified Organic) 100% Grassfed certification program is an optional additional certification for companies that are USDA certified organic. So you’ll often see this label printed hand-in-hand with the USDA organic label – which sounds like a great combination to me!
Grassfed Organic Yogurt
So I’m excited to tell you that our longtime sponsor Stonyfield now offers products where you can find both the official 100% grassfed and certified organic labels. Their new yogurt is made with organic 100% grassfed whole milk you can trust. And the fact that it’s made from whole milk and is offered plain (with no added flavor) means it incorporates all the things I ideally look for in yogurt. And you wonder why I haven’t tried making my own yet! There’s honestly no need when there are good-quality options like this available.
Their organic 100% Grassfed promise means their yogurt is made with milk from cows who have eaten all grass, all of the time, even in winter. This milk is being supplied by Maple Hill Creamery, which currently has all farms located in upstate New York.
And clearly people are starting to catch on to the importance of these new offerings because I was told, “Demand for 100% Grassfed Dairy Products is growing six times faster than the rest of the category.” Have you tried grassfed yogurt yet? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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