Welcome, visitor! [ Register | LoginRSS Feed

Comments Off on Organic Milk: Is it Worth It?

Organic Milk: Is it Worth It?

| Articles | April 2, 2008

Organic milk producers are quick to tell you that their milk is delicious and that it is made from cows untreated with

antibiotics or growth hormones and cows not exposed to dangerous pesticides. Organic milk-producing cows are fed organic

feed and are free ranging; the milk is pasteurized and homogenized like regular milk and it even contains vitamin D. Such

claims have brought up the demand for organic milk, sometimes at double the cost of regular milk. Some consumers wonder,

is it worth the added cost?

Some turn to organic milk in the belief that this milk is healthier, while others have strong environmental or animal

rights’ beliefs. Research, however, is limited when it comes to comparing the health benefits of organic milk over

conventional milk. This can be confusing to some milk drinkers.

The United States Department of Agriculture has four specific requirements that help in the definition of which milk is

organic and which milk is not. One requirement is that organic milk must come from cows never treated with bovine growth

hormone, used to increase milk production. Some feel that milk treated this way could increase hormone-related cancers or

affect growth hormone levels in humans.

Interestingly, bovine growth hormone (BGH) is protein-related, meaning that if a human ingests it, the protein gets

destroyed in the acidic environment of the stomach. In addition, while non-organic milk contains insulin growth factor

(IGF-1), an individual would have to drink 95 quarts of milk a day to equal the amount of IGF-1 we produce in our bodies

every day. That’s not much of a disadvantage over organic milk.

Several organic web sites have quoted a study showing that vegans have 13% less IGF-1 than non-vegans but, if you study the

research more closely, you’ll find that IGF-1 levels were not related to milk consumption in either group nor was organic

milk studied.

Organic milk must come from cows free of antibiotic treatments. If a cow is treated with an antibiotic, it is removed from

the herd for a year. Still, conventional herds of cows cannot give milk until tests show that the milk is antibiotic-free.

Tanks of milk are tested for the presence of antibiotics on a regular basis.

Another requirement for organic milk is that the cows are fed feed that is grown without pesticides. Some USDA reports

indicate that non-organic milk may be allowed to contain small amounts of specific pesticides, below established tolerance

levels. Research has not found any health issues related to pesticides in cow feed and health risks in humans.

Finally, organic milk must come from cows that have “access to pasture”. Some consumers envision year-round grazing of

happy cows. However, as there is no minimum requirement, organic milk can come from cows that have had limited access to a

pasture.

There are those who believe that pasture-fed cows produce more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)-an essential fatty acid found

to be protective against cancer. Experts, on the other hand, say that grass feeding alone does not definitely lead to

increased CLA levels. Cows fed mixed grains and soybeans, in fact, can produce milk with levels of CLA higher than that in

organic milk.

Organic milk may taste better to some and is animal-friendly; however it doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthier for you

than the much-cheaper conventional milk.

No Tags

  

  • CONTACT LENSES

    by on January 14, 2009 - 0 Comments

    Far back in the history of mankind, in 1508, Leonardo da Vinci described and drew the sketch to express his idea of a contact lens. But it was in 1827 that Sir ...

  • Zen in a thimble.

    by on November 9, 2014 - 0 Comments

    This is a way i use to bring thoughts to the physical world. There are a great many of them, and the better you get at creating them (thinking em up)The easier ...

  • Zinc, And It's Effect On Acne

    by on November 10, 2014 - 0 Comments

    There are many different vitamins with which a vitamin deficiency of them can lead to acne problems. One such vitamin is Zinc. Zinc is one of the most important...

  • Your Trusty, Toothy Friend

    by on November 7, 2014 - 0 Comments

    Whether we like it or not, we all know that an important part of our dental care involves making regular trips to the dentist, but the foundation block of oral ...

  • Zinc: Important Mineral That Has Taken the Backseat

    by on November 11, 2014 - 0 Comments

    Zinc is a mineral that is found in almost every cell in the human body, Despite its importance, this mineral is often taken for granted. A lot of people tend to...

Articles Archives