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Organic Dairy Is Udderly Brilliant

Organic Dairy Is Udderly Brilliant

Organic Dairy

Most of us know the benefits of eating organic vegetables and organic meat but what about organic dairy?

In 2016, a meta-analysis by Newcastle University, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, confirmed that organic milk and meat contains lower levels of saturated fats and around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic alternatives. The ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids is also much more in favour of the beneficial omega-3. These polyunsaturated fats cannot be synthesized by your body so must be consumed in your diet. Omega-3 is believed to play an important role in anti-inflammation, potentially reducing the risk of modern chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and some cancers.

Although low concentrations of both omega-3 and omega-6 are recommended for a healthy diet, limiting the intake of omega-6, thought to be pro-inflammatory, is recommended. This fatty acid is associated with the modern Western diet, found in things like grain-fed animal produce - particularly processed meats, vegetable oils and processed foods that contain them.

The review study also highlighted the difference in omega-3 levels particularly in organically produced beef but can be seen in products such as milk, cheese and butter.

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  • Anna Elliot