Nutrition Drill-Down: Grass-fed Dairy

by • November 27, 2013 • 2013, Cooking & Dining Out, December 2013, Expert Advice, Home Life, Sports, Health & Fitness

by Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM

The happy dairy cow grazing on the grassy knoll under blue, blue skies is a scene that plays out in ads and on packages more often than in the real America. Today, most are caged up and force-fed corn and soy (mostly genetically modified).

Why does it matter? Grain-fed cows tend to have spiked bacterial counts (e.g. E. coli) and an abundance of inflammatory omega 6 (not omega 3) fatty acids. When pastured cows eat grass, their gut microbes digest the grass, converting it into nutrient-rich milk.


1) Feed your brain

Grass-fed dairy is a good source of brain-healthy saturated fats, while helping to manufacture hormones and populate your child’s gut with probiotics, both of which positively impact your child’s brain development. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin B12.

2) Decrease inflammation

Research suggests that grass-fed milk may help decrease inflammation in the body, as well as decrease cortisol levels, balance GABA levels, decrease heart rate, and calm frayed nerves – all conducive to a good night’s rest.

3) Promote “good” bacteria

Grass-fed dairy contains a perfect ratio of omega 3-to-6 fatty acids (between 1:1 and 1:3) and short and medium chain fatty acids, which are the primary fuel the colon needs to support the growth of bifidophilus bacteria.


Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM is the author of “Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child – The Complete Guide to Preconception & Conception.” Find Dr. Dittmann on Facebook (Brighton Baby) and at


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