Paying for organic food delivers real health benefits, a landmark study by British academics suggests.
Organic milk and meat contain higher levels of key nutrients that support the heart, brain and immune system, scientists found.
The findings by experts from Newcastle University challenge the views of sceptics, including the Government’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). The researchers also highlighted recent mother and child studies linking consumption of organic milk, other dairy products and vegetables to a reduced risk of certain conditions, such as eczema in babies.
The team reviewed 196 papers on milk and 67 papers on meat, and found clear differences between organic and conventional milk and meat.
- - Both organic milk and meat contain around 50per cent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products;
- - Organic meat had slightly lower concentrations of two saturated fats (myristic and palmitic acid) that are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease;
- - Organic milk contains 40per cent more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which some studies have linked to weight loss and cancer fighting properties
- - Organic milk contains slightly higher concentrations of iron, Vitamin E and some carotenoids.
Source - Daily Mail