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.
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.