Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Organic better than conventional milk nutritionally

A new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science suggests that organic supermarket milk may offer a better nutritional profile than conventional milk. Researchers at Newcastle University studied the composition of 22 different milk brands over different years and seasons to establish patterns in their nutritional content. They found that organic milk had higher concentrations of beneficial fatty acids including polyunsaturated fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA). Specifically the researchers looked at 12 conventional milk brands and 10 organic brands. On average, omega-3 levels were 60 per cent higher in organic milk and CLA levels 30 per cent higher. Butler indicated that the differences are explained by the higher quantity of grass and conserved grass in the diet of organic cows.

Steve - this should not come as a surprise to anyone. Cow's were meant to eat grass, not corn, soy, and animal byproducts.

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