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Got Organic Milk?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Many people buy organic food because of the humane animal care requirements and environmental benefits, but is it actually better for you?

More and more research suggests it may be.

New studies by Newcastle University found that both organic milk and meat contain 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than milk and meat from conventionally raised livestock.

“Omega-3s are linked to reductions in cardiovascular disease, improved neurological development and function, and better immune function,” said Chris Seal, a professor of food and human nutrition at Newcastle, in a news release.

Switching to organic meat and milk could raise your healthy omage-3 fat intake without increasing calories or the amount of unhealthy fats you consume, although it’s still unclear whether the increase in omega-3s would be enough to provide long term health benefits.

A previous study by the same team found that organic whole foods contain more antioxidants and less cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, than conventionally grown crops. They also found that organic produce is significantly less likely to carry pesticide residues. EWG recommends buying organic versions of the fruits and vegetables on its Dirty Dozen list when possible.

While these studies show a clear distinction between organic and conventional foods, more research is needed to find out what these differences mean for our health. For now, check out EWG’s Food Scores database to find healthier choices among your favorite organic and conventional foods.

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