We do not add any preservatives to any of our products, they are all natural. For all our cheese we only use a microbial rennet.
But what makes our cheese and fresh products special, is the milk that comes from our very own grass-fed cows. The cows get 3 to 6 times more nutrients from the grass, than pasteurized milk from grain-fed cows. The major fats present in grass-fed cows' milk are Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These are considered to be the "good fats". Studies on CLA have shown that it is protective against a variety of cancers, and promotes the deposition of muscle, as opposed to fat. Other nutrients high in content of grass-fed milk are beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E. Vitamin E has been studied to show that it is linked with lowering one's risk of developing heart disease and cancer. Also because grass-fed animals contain fat-soluble vitamins in their butterfat, the consumer acquires adequate mineral absorption and endocrine function.
Many consumers have a preconceived idea that any kind of cheese they eat will make them fat. This idea is far from the truth, especially concerning Gouda cheese. Alongside the fact that grass-fed cows produce milk high in beneficiary fats and vitamins, Gouda, especially aged Gouda, has also been shown to have high amounts of Vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 helps facilitate the movement of calcium from the arteries to the bones. This reduces the risk of acquiring heart disease, as calcification in the arteries is lessened and proper blood flow is allowed. Also because the calcium is transported to the bones to make them nice and strong, the risk of developing osteoporosis is also reduced. Other studies show that Gouda helps reduce the chance of acquiring diabetes or Alzheimer's disease. So if anything, Gouda is quite beneficiary to one's health!
Because the cheese made from un-pasteurized milk is stored on the shelf for a minimum of 2 months, this cheese is completely safe to eat. The time that it sits on the shelf, allows harmful pathogenic bacteria to die off.