Is it worth paying a couple more bucks for organic? According to new research, when it comes the nutritional content of milk, the answer is: maybe.
A recent analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic milk contains 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than its conventional counterpart. On the other hand, the researchers found that conventional milk contains about 74 percent more iodine than organic.
What's a person to do with this information? For starters, know that omega-3s can improve cholesterol levels and may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.
That said, milk isn't the greatest source of omega-3s, as Newsy points out in the video above. Eating foods like fatty fish a couple times a week can help your reach the recommended amounts, but to get the same amount from milk, you'd have to drink several gallons of organic milk each day. This behavior would probably undo the omega-3 benefits with negative health consequences.
Iodine, a mineral needed for healthy cell function and a healthy thyroid, is found in seafood, seaweed and, yes, milk. But similar to the omega-3 conundrum, milk's iodine content isn't great enough to make a significant impact in nutrition. Even more, how much iodine a person needs is very dependent on their individual diet.
So while this new research highlights a nutritional difference between organic and non-organic milk, what to do with the findings is still ambiguous. For now, you might consider environmental and financial factors and what is most important to you and the milk-drinkers you're supporting.
Learn more about the study and its findings on meat in the video above.
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