Researchers Give Us Even More Reason to Switch to Organic Milk

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Dec 18, 2013

If you’re not already buying organic milk, there may be even more reason to pay a little extra next time you’re at the grocery store. A new study suggests organic milk contains healthier fats than the non-organic dairy drink.

Fox News reports about the study published in the journal PLOS ONE that tested about 400 samples of organic and conventional milk. What researchers found was that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats was a lot healthier in the organic milk. The conventional milk’s ratio was on average 5.8 and the organic was a lower (which means healthier) 2.3.

Generally speaking, omega-3 fats are the fats that keep us healthy while omega-6 fats we should try to avoid. Omega-6 fats are said to be a contributing factor to cancer risk, cardiovascular disease, inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

Since Western diets generally contain way too much of the bad fats, doctors urge patients to try and lower their ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats. According to experts, the ideal ratio is 2.3 to 1, which is closer to where organic milk measures. Authors of the study say most people are not at this ideal range and fall somewhere between 10 to 1 and 15 to 1.

The study’s author, Donald R. Davis, explains why non-organic milk may contain more omega-6 fats than an organic brand. He explains, “As we in the U.S. have progressively moved away from pasture towards feeding corn and soybeans, which aren’t the natural diet for cows, the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio goes up.” Davis also explains how full-fat milk may actually be more beneficial to our health as well. He says, “The evidence (that low-fat is better) is pretty weak, and there’s quite a bit of evidence that full-fat milk has beneficial properties too. Though the dietary guidelines for the U.S. for many years have recommended reduced fat, I think that will probably change some day.”

What do you think of the new study that suggests organic milk contains a healthier ratio of fats?

In light of these new findings, would you be willing to pay a little extra for organic milk?

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ninap18 by ninap18 | Trumbull, CT
Jan 05, 2014

I love organic milk! Not only does it last longer(I think) than modified milk, but it's overall just better for your body!

sharman421 by sharman421 | TALLAHASSEE, FL
Dec 26, 2013

Wow! Yes, it's worth it. I will definitely make the switch. Whole organic milk sounds like a plan. It might cost a few dollars more per week to eat a healthy diet, but I can see it's worth it. Guess I will also make the switch to organic butter.

mommyof1beauty by mommyof1beauty | Mesa, AZ
Dec 19, 2013

absolutely I will. I pay $6 per gallon, we buy 5 gallons a week. Worth it to have something FREE of GMO's.

bottlesoup by bottlesoup | WESTWOOD, NJ
Dec 19, 2013

For my family, we buy everything organic so milk is no different. When I want to eat something, I don't want any additives, GMOs, or carcinogens!

Cslaskey by Cslaskey | ROYERSFORD, PA
Dec 19, 2013

We love organic milk in our family and have been purchasing it for some time now. We would continue to pay to purchase organic milk no matter what the price, as it's beneficial to our family's health!