What Makes "Grass-fed" Whey the BEST?
We believe our planet's architect got it right the first time; A ruminant digestive system runs on organic vegetation. The optimal diet for cows to both produce the most nutrient-dense milk for their offspring and to achieve optimal health is fresh green grass.
Feeding Dairy Cattle for Quantity NOT Quality
The Reality is, our creator made ruminant digestive systems to convert organic plant life into milk that's rich in fat and protein. Ruminant stomach chambers represent one of Mother Nature's greatest engineering feats and are worthy of preservation at all costs.
- Uniformity - By mixing all the feed components into a uniform solution, the freedoms of the animal to listen to its body for direction as to the correct proportions of each food element no longer exists. All cows look the same; therefore, they need the same nutrition is a logic-fallacy.
- Reduced Labor Costs - All animals eat when told, on a schedule, not when they are hungry. The operation and the laborers are the only beneficiaries of a fixed program, no matter the season or critical stages of the animals' development.
- Inventory Management - The ability to exhaust a variety of different feeds that may be economical over the others at any given time. Feeds that a cow might never have an affinity towards if not grouped into a one size fits all mix—the "Sloppy Joe" of the farm world.
- Milk Production Increase - Similar to concentrates, these feed mixtures are nutrient-rich and designed to overstimulate the animals' reproductive glands. The cows need to eat a lot less and for a shorter time to spend up to 4 times daily at the milking parlor. Compared to spending all day on pasture and being milked at most twice each day, the stresses on the animal bare a heavy burden on their health.
- Reproductive efficiency - Everything is predictable and cheaper when the diet is standardized, and all animals receive machine-like treatment.
What are the Benefits of Grassfed Whey -
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)in Grassfed Whey -
Grass-fed milk from humanely treated livestock will contain a higher concentration of BCAAs compared to any other dairy farming practices/diets. The difference can be as much as 3 grams per serving. To learn more about BCAA concentrations in whey protein as these densities relate to food, please see our Blog - Grassfed Whey Contains More BCAAs
Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAS) in Grassfed Whey -
CLA naturally occurs in milk; however, milk derived from grassfed cows has twice the level compared to grain-fed.
Omega Fatty Acids in Grassfed Whey-
Grass-fed milk has a more optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Dairy produced from grass-fed systems will have a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids along with a lower percentage of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which is favorable when compared with milk from grain-fed systems.
Beta Carotene in Grassfed Whey-
You can thank beta carotene for the rich golden hue often associated with products derived from grass-fed milk. For much more information on why Grassfed whey is typically more of an off-white versus pearly white, please visit our Blog - Why is my Grassfed Whey Slightly Yellow in Color?
You can find more information on here on the micro-nutrients endemic to Truly Grassfed Whey here:
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