I was listening to a podcast yesterday and they mentioned Kerrygold butter. One person said that he ate Kerrygold, and the other asked why it was better than other organic butters. And I believe his response was “I don’t think it matters”.
So, let me explain why Kerrygold is truly better than most other organic butters for a single reason.
Grassfed vs. Grainfed
Cows have four stomachs. How odd is that? But there is a reason for this. Cows are big, kind of slow animals so they don’t eat meat since they can’t couldn’t catch it, they eat veggies, specifically grass and weeds and things that are easy to get most anywhere. Then, since they are ruminant animals, the food they eat, the grass, makes its way through each of the stomachs, digesting more each time as this is what their bodies have adapted to ingest over the long period of time that cows have been on the earth.
Now, over the past 100 years or less, we have been feeding them grain because it is a cheap veggie option that we can cultivate and put into feedlots easily to cause bigger cows that are better producers in a more industrial setting. But, as with our diets, just because this change creates results that we are happy with, it doesn’t mean it creates the best output in terms of the cow’s health and the quality of the product they produce.
Mark Sisson has a fantastic article about butter that covers everything, but I will give you the highlights.
- Grassfed cows create more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), than their grain fed counterparts, which is good for things like heart health and reducing belly fat.
- Grassfed milk and butter have more overall vitamins and minerals than their grain fed brethren.
- The Fatty acids, and Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio are so much better than the grain fed option.
- And it tastes better. The sweetness that grassfed butter creates is so much better than any of the alternatives. That’s why I use it as my topping when I have pancakes.
So, the overall theme is that it’s a better option. As Mark Sisson says in his article, even grainfed butter is a better option than fake fats like margarine or vegetable oil, but Grassfed butter is the gold standard. I buy my Kerrygold from Costco, but I have heard of some really good deals on it at Trader Joe’s as well, and you can always order it online. So, while the price may be a little bit higher than the cheapy butter at the grocery store, it is something we find is worth it in the long-run.