Research show organic milk rich in good fat

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."