So obviously, being faced with the media reports of ‘synthetic’ or spurious milk, or of high chemical/ antibiotic levels even in trusted milk brands is very discomforting. Today, organic milk is regarded as a healthier alternative to conventional milk. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, organic milk is defined as milk from cows that have been exclusively fed organic feed, have not been treated with synthetic hormones, are not given certain medications to treat sickness, and are held in pens with adequate space.
Organic milk has been found to be rich in omega 3, vitamins, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid - a type of fat that may prove to be one of our most potent cancer fighters) and antioxidants. Apart from the health benefits, Organic milk also addresses environmental concerns and animal welfare issues.
Although some studies comparing organic and conventional milk, do suggest that there was no significant difference in the total fat or protein content, Organic milk had 24% higher total polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) than conventional milk.
The only fall out seems to be a price premium, but once you are convinced of the benefits of organic milk, then that should not be a deterrent. Let’s try and make a healthy switch to safer and healthier milk.
Scout around for a dairy near you supplying Organic milk, satisfy yourself of the standards, and make an informed decision for the health of your family.