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Organic Meat & Dairy Means More Omega-3, But So Does Flaxseeds

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A new study shows that organic milk and meat is better, but forget that eating vegan is even better than that.

According to a pair of large-scale studies at Newcastle University in England, organic milk and meat contain about 50 percent more omega-3 than their non-organic counterparts. Carlo Leifert led two dozen researchers through nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies on milk, and 67 on meat.

They found that half a litre of organic, full-fat milk contains 16 percent of the recommended daily amount of omega-3, while non-organic milk provides only 11 per cent. 

Some scientists not involved in the study note that these health gains are minimal, sharing that omega-3 levels were not because the products were organic certified at all. “It is the choice of feed, not the organic farming method, which makes the difference,” Ian Givens of the University of Reading told CTV. You see, organic animals are generally grass-fed, versus the grain based diet of non-organic cows. Aha – it’s really about eating plants.

Modest gains in omega-3 shouldn’t outweighed the negative impact of saturated and trans fats in dairy and meat, others pointed out. Omega-3 rich diets reduce rates of cardiovascular disease, improve neurological development, and improve immune function. And good news, you don’t need to stray from veganism to get ‘em! Flaxseeds, leafy greens, beans, and other plant-based sources of omega-3 mean you can avoid this whole thing altogether.

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