Study Shows that Organic Whole Milk Gives the Best Heart-Health Benefits

milkResearch scientists who investigated hundreds of milk samples came up with the findings that more of the fatty acids beneficial for the heart were found in organic whole milk in comparison to conventional milk. The chief author of the study, Charles Benbrook said that they were surprised to see the huge difference in content of milk obtained from organic farms. According to organic food advocates, pasture and grass is one of the healthiest feeds for cows. The standards stipulated by the Federal Organic corporations require that at least 30% of dry food given to cows to comprise of pasture.

This study is the first of its kind to be carried out on a large-scale across the country. It is the first study to investigate the levels of fatty acids in conventional and organic milk. Whole milk contains about four percent fat. Other choices include skim milk. Unfortunately, skimmed milk does not contain fatty acids. Cows on traditionally managed farms are fed on grains like corn. Benbrook said that the study gives consumers reliable evidence that choosing whole milk dairy products would be beneficial to heart health since it would aid in creating a greater balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. He emphasized the need for consumers to pay attention to the type and amount of fat consumed. Western diets over the last few decades have grown to comprise of fewer omega-3 and more omega-6 fatty acids. The authors have asserted on the need for the ratios of the two fatty acid forms to be flipped. Generally, milk is one of the healthiest fat sources in the diet. It is also evident that organic milk offers more health benefits compared to non-organic milk products.