|Posted March 12, 2004, rganic
Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo): Organic milk contains
two-thirds more Omega 3 essential fatty acids than ordinary milk,
according to new research released by the Institute of Grassland and
Environmental Research (IGER) in the UK.
The research, led by Dr Richard Dewhurst found that samples of
milk from organic cows contained at least 64% more Omega 3 than
conventional milk. Dr Dewhurst said: "Our previous research
has shown that milk from cows fed clover can contain up to 240%
more Omega-3 fatty acids than milk from cows fed grass and concentrates.
Organic dairy farmers feed much higher levels of clover because
they use it as an alternative to using synthetic chemical fertilizers
to ensure lush pastures."
Sally Bagenal, Chief Executive of OMSCo, the UK's leading co-op
of British organic dairy farmers, is now inviting the Chair of the
Food Standards Agency (FSA), Sir John Krebs, to alter previous statements
that there is no proof of the health benefits for organic food and
drink. "We are inviting the FSA to start recommending organic
milk as part of a healthy diet," she said.
Nutritionist and State Registered Dietitian, Sian Porter added:
"Drinking just half a pint a day of organic milk as part of
a healthy balanced diet gives a useful additional source of this
Omega 3 fatty acid, as it provides approximately 10% of the recommended
daily intake (RDI) of essential n-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic
acid. Eating a matchbox sized piece of organic cheese will give
you up to 88% of your RDI of this Omega 3 fatty acid."