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New Study on Milk: More Evidence That Organic Offers Superior Nutrition

When most people think of the reason to drink organic milk, the first thing that pops into their mind is the desire to avoid hormonal milk – milk that has been produced from cows who have been injected with synthetic growth hormones.

Yet, a recently released study gives us an additional reason as to why we should drink organic milk.

In research published in PLOS One, the scientists of the study reported that organic milk contained 62% more omega-3 fatty acids and 25% fewer omega-6s.

Omega-3s are essential nutrients for health and provide protection against heart disease, and The National Institute of Health states that we should be eating more omega-3s and less omega-6s. As it stands now, most American diets provide at least 10 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids.

Why the big difference in omega-3s of organic milk vs. conventional milk?

It has to do with how the cows are fed. Conventionally-raised cows are mostly fed a corn diet (almost guaranteed to be genetically-modified corn), which is high in omega-6s.

For organically-raised cows, there are minimum grazing requirements. They must be out on pasture for the entire growing season, but not less than 120 days, and they must receive at least 30% of their feed from pasturing. These grassy plants contain very high levels of omega-3s.

MY TAKE

On the Fox News Channel recently, I talked about two other studies that showed organic to be nutritionally superior to conventional – the one conducted at Washington State University on organic strawberries and the other from the University of Barcelona on organic tomatoes.

While there are some people that may question the value of cow milk, organic or otherwise, the fact that we now have an additional study demonstrating organic to be better than conventional is incredibly important.

Far too often, the reason to eat organic is to avoid the bad things – toxic pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, synthetic growth hormones.

With studies such as this one, hopefully, the conversation will slowly begin to change and people will start explaining that the reason to eat organic is that it is the smarter nutritional choice.

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What’s With These Holes in My Kale?

Ok. Let’s be very, very honest here.

How many times have you been at the market, looked at a piece of organic produce, seen numerous imperfections, and then searched for something that looked a little bit more aesthetically pleasing?

I’m certainly guilty of doing that.

But the question is: Why do we do this?

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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Is Non-GMO Better Than Organic?

In a recent online survey of a 1,000 health-conscious consumers conducted by Market LOHAS – Mambo Sprouts Marketing Research, it was found that 80% of shoppers seek out non-GMO products, with 56% saying non-GMO was key to brand buying versus 52% for organic.

Hence, a product that has the words “Non-GMO” on its packaging is going to carry more weight with consumers than “Organic”.

On many levels, this is incredibly worrisome, mostly because shoppers are making the absolute wrong and unhealthy decision at the supermarket.

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Top 10 Herbs by Nutrient Density

By now, many of you may be familiar with the “ANDI Scores” when you walk into the produce section of Whole Foods Market.

Created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index” and ranks a food’s nutrient density on a scale from 1 to 1000.

The ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities, and by dividing the nutrient level of a food by its caloric content (N/C).

For context, kale, a dark leafy green, scores 1000 while soda scores 1.

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