Organic Milk is Better for You

An EU-funded study published last month found that organic milk (in the UK, at least) really is better for you. Researchers from Newcastle University looked at 22 brands of milk available in the store and found that organic milk “had lower levels of saturated fats and more good healthy acids, including Omega-3s.”

“Organic milk had higher concentrations of beneficial fatty acids (FA) than conventional milk, including total polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA; 39.4 vs. 31.8 g/kg of total FA), conjugated linoleic acid cis-9,trans-11 (CLA9; 7.4 v 5.6 g/kg of FA), and α-linolenic acid (α-LN; 6.9 vs. 4.4 g/kg of FA),” the abstract of the study, which was published in Journal of Dairy Science, notes. ”This study of UK retail milk identified highly significant variations in fat composition.”

The health benefits occurred year-round, counter to the findings of a previous study conducted by the same team three years earlier but looking at the milk on farms, not bought from the store.

“Switching to organic milk and dairy products provides a natural way to increase our intake of nutritionally desirable fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants without increasing our intake of less desirable fatty acids,” Mrs. Butler said. “By choosing organic milk you can cut saturated fats by 30-50 per cent.”

By Zachary Shahan