I am so excited about this post, I should write in all caps – but I will restrain myself. ☺ Today I have the privilege of reviewing the new Emulsified Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pastures. Why am I so excited about this Cod Liver Oil?
Because this is the best Cod Liver Oil out there.
It’s fermented - when I first heard about Green Pastures, their oils where not available yet ’cause they were still fermenting. The traditional and most beneficial cod liver oil is fermented for 6-12 months. It’s now available and offers these advantages:
- Fermented CLO is easier to digest than regular CLO
- Absorption is increased and the nutrients are easier to assimilate
- Contains 2 1/2 times more Vitamins A & D and uses no heat during production therefore retaining the precious enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients
- Fished from pristine waters off the Alaskan Aleutian Islands to ensure purity
It’s Emulsified -
From Green Pasture’s Website –
“The Emulsified FCLO products are different from other emulsified products in the market today. The high level of nutrient dense FCLO included in each serving allows for small amounts to be taken with great effect. The ingredients we use are healthful such as real soluble fiber to assist the bulking of the product. The bulking/emulsified condition allows for the flavors to have a better impact on your tongue and coats the oil. Many will find the new Emulsified FCLO more pleasurable experience compared to taking real FCLO liquids we currently offer.”
(emphasis mine) The new consistency makes it easier to just swallow down a small amount on a spoon, rather than trying to mix it into something to swig down.
It’s got great Flavor -
I know, I know – you can’t believe Cod Liver Oil could ever ‘taste good’. My previous experience with trying to get my kids and myself on this stuff resulted in several gagging sessions and promptly selling the bottle off to a friend with more will power. I figured the only way for me to take it was via pill, and my kids would have to learn how to swallow pills before they could enjoy the awesome benefits of cod liver oil in their diet. I wasn’t going to make them take something I couldn’t even get down.
Then I tasted Green Pasture’s new product, with brand new, kid-tested flavors and I said – “Oh! Hey, that’s not that bad!” Again, I quote Dave at Green Pastures – “the emulsified’s are not only easy to take but .. do i dare say, enjoyable.”
My Personal Review
When I first opened the jar, I was a little disturbed by the consistency – mostly ’cause I wasn’t expecting it – it’s kinda gloppy. But that’s what the emulsification process does to it, I guess – and it does make it easier to spoon it and take it (the other oil I tried was very runny and messy).
I know what my readers really want to know, though, is if my kids could hack it. I lie not – I gave Claire a spoonful and she swallowed it down,
didn’t even make a face,
and asked for more!
Jesse was a little tougher – mainly ’cause he’s old enough to have an opinion. No amount of bribery was working on my part, but he swallowed it right down when daddy gave it to him (hooray!) and actually admitted it wasn’t as bad as he feared. I reward them both with juice or milk to wash it down, and then we go on with breakfast.
We plan on making cod liver oil a regular part of our morning. I usually take the pills (I won a bottle from Modern Alternative Mamma a few months ago) but will change to the oils just to give the kids an example. I found that with the oils I tend to have some fishy burps for the rest of the morning, but the kids haven’t complained of anything. (If I sandwich the pills in the middle of a meal I don’t burp at all)
The flavors are great – strong and pure thanks to the essential oils. I’m really impressed. Our favorite flavor so far is the Spearmint. I liked the Ginger, however, ’cause when I burped, they were ginger burps rather than fishy burps. TMI? Oh, sorry! I was also impressed with the Licorice – though that is not usually a flavor I prefer, again, the purity of the essential oil flavoring appealed to me.
As for Seth Franklin – I think he likes it best! Doesn’t seem to notice in my milk, but I love that I’m adding to the nutritional value of his milk by taking it myself.
In Summary – as far as Cod Liver Oils go, this is the best.
Why take Cod Liver Oil?
I’m gonna let Kelly, over at KellyTheKitchenKop educate you on that – she’s done a great job with a collection of posts highlighting all the benefits.
You can also read Kate’s review of their product here. She also answers the question “Is it affordable?” I found her tips and view very helpful.
One of the main reasons I wanted to incorporate it into my diet was for the positive effect it can have on hormones. Having three babies in 5 years has my body depleted, and it has taken me longer to recover from Seth Franklin’s birth. After finally getting in the habit of remembering to take the capsules regularly, I at last feel my hormones evening out – hallelujah!
It’s one of those traditional supplements – a real superfood – that I am convinced will benefit my family – that’s why I’ve gone to the trouble of researching and finding the best brand AND contacting the seller so I can offer it to my readers as well!
So, here’s the deal. I get to give away a bottle of Green Pasture’s Emulsified Cod Liver Oil to THREE of my wonderful readers. Here’s how you get your name in the hat:
- Go to Green Pastures, check out their New Emulsified Cod Liver Oils and choose what flavor you’d like to try.
- Leave me a comment – with your name- telling me what flavor you want if you win!
It’s that simple. Of course, if you want to up your chances:
- Facebook about the giveaway – say something like “I’m gonna win Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil from Trina at All That Is Good!” and be sure to share the link to my blog
- Tweet “I’m gonna win Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil from Trina at All That Is Good!” – again, including the link to this post.
- Blog about this giveaway!
Leave a separate comment for each way that you spread the word about the giveaway and increase your chances of winning!
The Contest is open until Friday, May 6th, 2011, and the winner will be announced Monday, May 9th.
Added Bonus – While exploring Green Pasture’s website I found that they are doing a giveaway for their blog readers – a free book (Nourishing Traditions is one of the picks!) with purchase of 3 bottles of cod liver oil. Go in with some friends and get the free book of your choice with your order!
Be sure to visit Green Pastures Today!
Giveaway is now closed – congrats to our winners, Beks, Kristina, Maria!