Organic milk is healthier than conventional milk says a study carried out by the Newcastle University, Britain, over a period of 2years. 22 brands available in the market were studied, wherein it was found that organic milk has lower levels of harmful saturated fats and more beneficial fatty acids than ordinary milk. All the milk tested was full-fat and the overall fat content was similar in all the milks. The high grass content of the animal's diet has been linked to more nutritious milk.
However this contradicts the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) verdict that organic milk could contain higher levels of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. When compared with the long-chain acids found in oily fish these acids were of 'limited health benefit'.
AdvertisementLead researcher and livestock project manager for the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group, Mrs. Butler said, "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. By choosing organic milk you can cut saturated fats by 30-50%." The lower quality of conventional milk was linked to a lower reliance on grazing and chemical fertilizers suppression clover on conventional farms. However researchers did not name the offending brands and said they would approach the companies privately to suggest how they could do better.