“Got organic” or “Got Conventional” milk that is!

30 May

A brown cow eating grassI tried organic milk for the first time last night. I did not notice a difference in the flavor compare with conventional milk. I read the label and compare it with the conventional milk label…no difference either. I decided to read more about organic milk and what the difference is, this is what I found:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, milk can only be labeled “organic” if the cows have been fed exclusively organic feed, have not been given synthetic hormones, have not been given antibiotics, are kept in pens with adequate space, and are allowed access to the outdoors. In fact, milk—conventional and organic—is one of the most tested foods on the grocery store shelf.

Check the nutritional composition. The labels of conventional and organic milk reveal identical products with respect to vitamins, minerals, and protein. Fat content is similar based on the type of milk in question.

One difference between organic and conventional milk is price. The higher cost for farms to follow the guidelines required to be certified organic cause organic to carry a higher price tag. Another difference is that most organic milk is ultra pasteurized (heated for a longer period of time) and will last longer un-opened than milk that is pasteurized using traditional methods.

Safety is similar, and nutrition is similar. However, the demands for organic milk continue to increase. Many consumers believe, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that organic milk is a safer and more wholesome product. Consumers also may make the organic choice based on how animals that are certified organic are treated, access to pasture and less crowded conditions. Another reason to choose organic would be to support organic farming practices that are more environmentally friendly.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you as to your choice of milk, organic or conventional. If cost is a factor, conventionally produced milk may be a better choice since it delivers the same nutritional punch, this is what I will continue doing at home!

We will love to hear your comments!

4 Responses to ““Got organic” or “Got Conventional” milk that is!”

  1. B June 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Two thumbs up for this article. I wonder if there is any difference between organic and non-org. CHOCOLATE milk. I say that because I like it the best.

    • bilingualopinions June 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      There are not differences. As we said in the article the only difference would be the price!

  2. Mom Ing June 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Great Article. I often wonder about the same affect but instead of milk, chicken.

    Do you know if free range chickens are better than chickens that are kept all in top of each other and never see a field? Do you have an article on that?

    • bilingualopinions June 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Studies have shown that free range chickens obtain enough nutrients from the grass when it is not chemically treated, and from the insects they eat. Those that are in confinement receive nutritious food. In both cases they are lacking nutrition. Therefore more studies need to be done to determine which one has more nutritional value.

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