The Real Food Challenge Goes On!

Well, the Nourished Kitchen Real Food Challenge is actually over, but I’m continuing to work on the various lessons.

I finally found the Farmers’ Creamery organic VAT-pasteurized milk. Thank you, Peapod! I had some with breakfast this morning and, yum! This milk comes from farms maintained with no chemical pesticides or herbicides, from cows fed an organic, non-GMO, natural grass diet – with no added hormones. The milk is NOT homogenized (i.e. it is left in its natural state, where the nutrient-rich cream rises to the top!) and is pasteurized at the lowest possible temperature (145F). You won’t get a 2-month shelf life out of this milk! It’s fresh from the farm.

Here’s a segment on the nutrition of milk from grass-fed cows, from Farmers’ Creamery’s FAQ:

Why is it important to have pasture-fed cows?
Over the past few decades many studies have revealed that pasture-feeding is much healthier for the cows and for the consumer.

Greener Pastures: How Grass-fed Beef and Milk Contribute to Health Eating by Kate Clancy is the first study to synthesize the findings of virtually every English-language study (25 were chosen for analysis) comparing the amounts of total fats, saturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in both pasture-raised and conventionally raised beef and dairy cattle. The report also combined analyses of the nutrition, environmental, and public health benefits of grass-based farming techniques.

The report found that grass-fed milk contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the so-called beneficial fats. Grass-fed milk tends to be higher in an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that scientists have demonstrated reduces the risk of heart disease. And grass-fed milk also is higher in CLA, a fatty acid shown in animal studies to protect against cancer. CLA was discovered in 1978 by Michael W. Pariza at the University of Wisconsin while looking for mutagen formations in meat during cooking. The most abundant source of natural CLA is the meat and dairy products of grass-fed animals. Research conducted since 1999 shows that grazing animals have from 3 to 5 times more CLA than animals fattened on grain in a feedlot. Simply switching from grain-fed to grass-fed products can greatly increase your intake of CLA.

Good stuff!

In other news, I’m working on Week 2 of the GNOWFGLINS e-course on preparing food traditionally, and the ingredients for this week’s experiments arrived this morning. Updates coming soon!

2 thoughts on “The Real Food Challenge Goes On!

  1. I will be interested to read your report on the GNOW… whatever it is course. It sounded interesting and helpful to me, but is definitely not in the budget here.

  2. I won the Gnowfglins course in the Real Food Challenge 🙂 I had checked it out and definitely couldn’t fork over the cash right now, then got the news from Jenny at Nourished Kitchen. So excited 🙂 I’m making rice (for real!) for the first time this week 🙂

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