What is Pastured Butter?

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I’m often asked “what is pastured butter?”

 

And no, it’s not butter that’s found in a pasture.  Pastured butter comes from cows that eat their natural diet of grasses that are found in pasture lands.  In a recipe it’s easier to say “pastured butter” than “butter that comes from grass-fed cows.”

Why do I use it?  Butter that comes from grass-fed cows is higher in omega-3’s, vitamins A, D, and K2.  It has 5 time more conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, than butter that comes from grain-fed cows.

According to www.draxe.com:

  • Pastured dairy is anti-inflammatory due to its high level of butyric acid–especially good for those with Crohn’s disease.
  • It’s better for heart health: Margarine increases the risk of heart disease while butter is not at all associated with heart disease.
  • It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, which is anti-cancer among other attributes.  There can be as much as 3% more per tbsp than butter from grain-fed cows.  Over time, it adds up!
  • It contains MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides that boost metabolism and support immune function.  MCT’s convert to energy rather than fat in the body.
  • It’s high in anti-cancer CLA, or conjugted linoleic acid.  A 1999 study showed it is up to 500 times higher!
  • It’s rich in vital cholesterol that helps ward off major diseases as part of our immune system, and it’s responsible for important hormone production.  Also important for brain development.
  • It’s a source of Arachidonic acid for infant development, growth, and immune function.

A good brand available in Fort Collins is Kalona Supernatural from Kalona, Iowa.  They produce milk, buttermilk, heavy cream, butter, cottage cheese, and sour cream, all of which are delicious!  Make the switch today!