If you’re on the fence about whether you should or shouldn’t spend the extra money for organic milk and meat, a new study might help you make up your mind.
Researchers crunched the date in close to 200 papers comparing organic and conventional milk and several dozen more related to meat.
Organic came out the clear winner.
50% more omega-3s in organic milk and meat!
They found that the organic varieties offered far more nutrition — including 50 percent higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Something that’s a big boon to our heart health (for starters).
And there’s a good reason for that.
“It’s about what the animals are being fed,” noted organic expert Dr. Charles Benbrook.
Better feed means better food
To meet organic standards, cows, whether used to produce organic milk or meat, are required to spend their time outdoors grazing on grass that’s free of hormones, antibiotics and GMOs.
By contrast, most conventionally raised ones are confined and fed some pretty disgusting things.
Take “poultry litter” for example. That’s what’s shoveled off the floors of chicken cages and often fed to cattle.
I’ll let your imagination take it from here on that one!
I guess if “we are what we eat,” conventionally-raised cows don’t’ stand a chance. And neither, for that matter, do we.
More nutrients mean lower health risks
But aside from the aesthetics of it, what difference might consuming organic milk and meat high in omega-3s make where our health is concerned? Actually, the list is pretty long.
For example, omega-3 fatty acids have been found to:
- Reduce the risks of both fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and to prevent a-fib after cardiac bypass surgery, as well as lowering blood pressure.
- Help bring relief from autoimmune diseases, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, reducing the need for pain relievers.
- Lower the risk of developing pneumonia.
- Alleviate depression in both children and adults, including postpartum depression, as well as bipolar disorder.
And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen organic foods come out on top.
A couple of years ago a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organically grown crops have substantially higher levels of a range of nutrients including cancer-fighting antioxidants. And an earlier study found double the amount of the important flavonoid quercetin in organically grown tomatoes.
So it certainly looks like any extra money added to your monthly shopping bill is well worth it!
And since organic foods have become so popular, they now go on sale at your supermarket the same as other foods do. So by being on the lookout for an organic bargain, organic milk and meat could even end up costing just the same — or maybe even less than less nutritious conventionally raised foods!
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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