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Study: Organic milk may be better for your heart

Researchers Monday found another potential reason to justify the higher price tag on organic milk: a study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that it has more heart-healthy fatty acids than the conventional stuff.

Reviewing hundreds of samples of both organic and conventional whole milk from around the country over an 18-month period, the study, out of Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, found that organic milk contained 62 percent more omega-3 fatty acids -- which nutrition experts generally agree are beneficial. The organic milk also had a significantly lower omega-6 to omega-3 ratio than conventional milk (2.28 compared to 5.77), which the researchers, somewhat more controversially, say makes it more nutritious.

“All milk is healthy and good for people, but organic milk is better," lead author Charles Benbrook told The New York Times, and drinking whole organic milk “will certainly lessen the risk factor for cardiovascular disease."

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