When we hear or read the word “organic,” we often think that a certain food product is automatically healthy. But experts say even when the cookie is organic, it is still a cookie and thus, it’s still not a healthy choice.
The British Journal of Nutrition published a recent research though that claims organic meat and milk can actually provide more nutrients, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.
Drink Organic Milk for More Omega-3
Omega-3s have a lot of health benefits and so do many organic foods. The discovery that organic milk has more omega-3s than the conventional counterpart is quite exciting. According to the study performed by researchers from Newcastle University, organic milk along with meat from grass-fed cows can give 50% more omega-3s than regular ones. Note that when something is organic, it means that it has no antibiotics, animal byproducts, and growth hormones. As for the animals, they should have access outdoors and should eat organic feed.
The researchers based their assessment on data from almost 200 studies about milk plus 67 more involving organic milk. Another study also confirmed that there is more omega-3s in organic milk, but this time the researchers from Washington State University say there’s 62% more omega-3s in this type of milk. Analyzing 400 samples of the two types of milk for 18 months, lead author Charles Benbrook and his colleagues recognized that DHA and EPA omega-3s are present in milk, not just in fatty fish, which is considered the more common source.
Benefits of Omega-3s
Drinking more organic milk can give you more omega-3s, but why is this important? This nutrient can give your health several advantages and improvements in many ways. Here are some of them:
- Good for the Skin: Omega-3s can help improve your skin tone and even prevent early signs of aging.
- Good for Mental Health: Drinking milk that is rich in omega-3 can preserve your neurological function, so it is much easier to protect against degenerative diseases, including forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3s may also improve your mood and lower chances of depression.
- Good for the Heart: Omega-3s can also protect your heart by lowering your cholesterol levels. The fatty acids are also key in reducing the risk of heart diseases. Additionally, organic milk and meat has lower amounts of two types of saturated fats namely palmitic and myristic acids.
What’s even better is that aside from omega-3s, organic milk also provides higher levels of vitamin E, iron, and carotenoids that naturally occur in plants.