WSU researchers inspect health benefits of organic milk

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 12:52 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Researchers at Washington State University are making national headlines with a new study about the health benefits of organic milk.

Scientists looked at 400 different types of milk over a year and a half. Organic producers claimed that their milk was nutritionally superior to regular milk.    

New research shows that dairy cows do not create all milk equally.
 
"Our major finding is that while all milk is healthy... organic milk is even healthier," said

A team led by WSU researcher Dr. Charles Benbrook found organic milk contains significantly higher concentrations of heart healthy fatty acids compared to milk from cows on conventionally managed dairy farms.

"The team was surprised by how significant the margin was.  In fact, organic milk is 2.5 fold better than conventional milk in terms of health promoting fatty acids," said

Benbrook said the reason is rules require all organic dairy farmers to graze their cattle for 125 days a year. Their cows spend a lot of time munching down on grass rich in the healthy omega three fatty acids. Research found their milk is higher in healthy fats.

"Without a doubt, we need fewer omega 6 fatty acids, which are very high in soy bean oil and corn oil and fried foods, and we need more of these omega 3 fatty acids that are high in milk, and especially organic milk," said

Studies show dairy products are the largest category of the $29-billion organic food sector after fruits and vegetables.

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