Food for Thought: Organic Nutrients

Food for Thought: Organic Nutrients


DON: THE SALES OF ORGANIC MEATS AND MILK FOODS ARE ON THE RISE. BUT ARE ORGANIC MILK AND MEATS HIGHER IN ANY NUTRIENTS? REGISTERED DIETITIAN NANCY DELL HAS THE ANSWER IN TONIGHT’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT. NANCY: ONE ADVANTAGE OF BUYING ORGANIC FOODS IS THAT YOU MINIMIZE PESTICIDES. RESEARCHERS FROM 9 COUNTRIES REVIEWED 263 STUDIES ON MILK AND MEAT TO SEE IF THEY ALSO CONTAIN MORE NUTRIENTS. THEY FOUND THE ANSWER IS YES. ORGANIC MILK AND MEAT PROVIDE UP TO 50 PERCENT MORE OMEGA-3 FATS THAN CONVENTIONALLY FARMED MILK AND MEAT. OMEGA-3 FATS ARE THE HEALTHY FATS WE USUALLY FIND IN FISH. THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN AND HEART. ORGANIC MEAT IS LOWER IN SATURATED FAT. THAT’S THE FAT WE WANT TO AVOID BECAUSE IT RAISES THE BAD LDL CHOLESTEROL. ORGANIC MILK PRODUCTS HAVE MORE VITAMIN E AND OTHER NUTRIENTS THAT REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND SOME CANCERS. WHAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE DIFFERENCES IN NUTRIENTS? THE RESEARCHERS SPECULATE IT IS BECAUSE THE ORGANIC FOODS USUALLY COME FROM GRASS-FED ANIMALS. WITH FOOD FOR THOUGHT, I’M NANCY DELL

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