By vast

Published: April 3, 2018

Category: Organic News, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter

Food Science and Nutrition recently published findings about 100 percent grass-fed, organic whole milk—it contains exceptional levels of two important nutrients. Cows in the study were fed a diet exclusively of grass and legume forage (alfalfa, clover), with no grain rations. The 1,100 samples of Grassmilk, taken over three years, were compared to conventional milk samples.

The results were significant. Grassmilk contains:

  • 147 percent more omega-3s than conventional whole milk, and 52 percent more omega 3s than organic whole milk.
  • 125 percent higher Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) than conventional whole milk and 90 percent higher CLA than organic whole milk.
  • A balanced 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3s are beneficial fats for brain and eye health. CLA can boost immunity, heart health and cancer prevention.

“We see our cows thrive when they are on a grain-free diet and when they spend maximum time grazing on diverse pasture grasses growing in healthy soil,” said Kevin Mahalko, an Organic Valley farmer and a foremost grazing expert. “I’m not surprised that my herd’s health and happiness makes extraordinary milk.”

The peer-reviewed paper relied on an accredited independent laboratory for the fatty acid analysis. A team of scientists and researchers, in cooperation with experts at CROPP Cooperative, the cooperative producing Organic Valley milk, authored the work. Organic Valley provided samples and funding for the research, including a grant from the Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) program, funded voluntarily by Organic Valley farmers.

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