Grass fed butter and cheese is simply better. If you’ve tried grass fed butter or cheese, you know the taste is heads and shoulders above its commodity counterparts. But taste aside, there are a lot of reasons to love this golden, spreadable delicacy! Our grass-fed butter comes from Cowbella Creamery, a seventh generation farm whose herd of cows graze the verdant pastures of upstate New York all summer long. Try some for yourself and see what the fuss is all about!
Why is grass fed butter and cheese yellow? Grass fed butter and cheese is yellow because grass and flowers that cows eat when they’re grazing contain lots of beta carotene, a yellow pigment that is stored in their fat and passed through to their milk. When the cream is skimmed and churned to make butter, the fat globules are ruptured, exposing the bright yellow pigment trapped inside. Cows that are fed a diet of grain or dry hay produce milk and cream that is paler in color. Consequently their cream (and the resulting butter) has a whitish coloring.
Is grass fed butter better and cheese for you? The scientists say yes! Grass fed dairy products are higher in healthier unsaturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids which contribute positively to heart, brain, eye, and lung health, and may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Grass fed butter and cheese also contains lots of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which studies have shown to be useful in promoting fat loss, and have positive effects on cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammation, and immune response.
What about taste and texture? There is no argument that grass fed butter and cheese has a more complex, nuanced, and rich flavor. The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ applies just as much to cows as it does to people, and these cows’ healthy, diverse diets result in more flavorful butter! Because grass fed butter is higher in unsaturated fat (which has a lower melting point than saturated fat) it is smoother, creamier, and melts in your mouth-ier than butter from cows on commodity diets of grain.