Cheddar Is Better With Grass-Fed Milk
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Crafted with milk from grass-fed cows, Old Croc Cheddar is all natural and made with non-GMO ingredients.
The Old Croc cows graze from rich pasture grass, which improves the nutritional quality of the cheese and makes it richer in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, and CLA (a beneficial fatty acid named “conjugated linoleic acid”).
Here’s a look at why we only use grass-fed milk, or “grassmilk,” to make our uniquely delicious cheeses.
Grass-fed milk is more nutritious
As you might imagine, grass-fed milk comes from grass-fed cows like ours. Many dairy consumers perceive grassmilk products as healthier – and they’re right.
Grass-fed milk (and therefore, grass-fed cheese) offers these important nutritional advantages:
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are both essential nutrients. However, consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 both increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
A study by the University of Minnesota suggests that grass-fed milk offers a healthier profile of fatty acids. It contains higher levels of omega-3, bringing the omega-6/omega-3 ratio to nearly 1-to-1. Compared to conventional whole milk, which has a ratio of nearly 6-to-1, grassmilk offers a more balanced ratio of fatty acids.
Higher vitamin levels
According to The British Journal of Nutrition, grass-fed milk is higher in vital nutrients such as Vitamin E and beta carotene.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may also help slow down the aging process of cells in your body. Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A, which has a host of benefits – including preserving your eyesight, promoting bone and reproductive health, reducing acne, and building up overall immunity.
Conjugated linoleic acid
Grass-fed milk contains higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), according to the University of Minnesota. CLA is linked with protection from diabetes, heart disease, and colorectal and breast cancer.
Just three servings of grassmilk contain about 300 milligrams of CLA – that’s 75% of the target intake for adult men, and 100% of the target intake for adult women.
Grass-fed milk vs. organic milk vs. conventional milk
When shopping in the dairy aisle, it’s important to know what you’re paying for– especially if you’re looking to reap the health benefits of grassmilk. So, what exactly is the difference between grass-fed milk, organic milk and conventional milk?
Grass-fed milk comes from cows that receive a diet of natural grass and forage-based feeds. A glass of grassmilk has more than double the amount of omega-3s than conventional milk. While grass-fed milk tends to cost more than conventional milk, the extra price is worth it for the health benefits.
Organic milk is not the same as grass-fed milk! While organic milk cows do receive organic grass, it’s not their whole diet. The remainder is filled with organic grain, soy and corn, and the percentage of grass to grain can vary greatly. The access to organic grass does increase organic milk’s nutrient values, but grass-fed milk still contains more omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, organic milk and grassmilk are comparably priced.
Conventional milk comes from cows that are fed some forage-based feed with the remainder of their diet coming from grains, soy, corn and concentrates – not necessarily organic nor non gmo.
While conventional milk is the cheapest option, it may contain lower levels of omega-3s and significantly lower levels of omega-6s.
Old Croc Cheddar is crafted in the Australian tradition, with milk from grass-fed cows
Our milk comes from pasture raised, grass-fed cows, which contributes to the fresh and delightful taste of Old Croc Cheddar. Along with being a healthier, all-natural brand of cheese, Old Croc’s flavor offers a satisfyingly delicious “bite.”
The Australian dairy industry prides itself on the safety and quality of the dairy it delivers, and Old Croc Cheddar is no exception. The use of steroidal hormones is prohibited in dairy farming in Australia, giving you the most natural and delicious dairy products available.
With a distinguished flavor characteristic of the vivacious and bold spirit of the Australian outback, each unique variety of Old Croc captures the time-honored tradition of Australian dairy pride. Whether you like sharp, extra sharp, or smoked, you’re sure to find a grass-fed cheddar cheese you love.
Explore our full line of grass-fed milk cheddars, available in a grocery store near you.