We’re all for stocking our kitchens with the best organic products, and our milk is no exception. That’s why we use Organic Valley—where the farmers are leaders in pasture-based dairy—as one of our main dairy partners! Pasture-based dairy farms like Organic Valley feed their cows nutrient-dense, organically grown grass, which makes their milk nutritious and great tasting. In fact, a typical Organic Valley pasture features up to 25 different kinds of grass, maximizing the nutrients available to the cows as well as in the milk they produce.

Because organic-fed cows are healthier, they live up to three-times as long as conventionally raised cows—producing more, better milk chock full of nutritional benefits! Sit back with a glass—you’re going to want to drink up after learning all the benefits organic whole milk offers.

Organic Whole Milk

First, we’ve got to dispel the popular myth that whole milk is fattening. Whole milk can actually help fight obesity—and there are new studies to prove it.

In 2006, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed 20,000 women over the course of nine years. What did they find? A positive correlation between consuming dairy fat and diminishing weight gain! Studies of children yielded similar results, with The Archives of Disease in Childhood publishing in March 2013 that those children drinking whole or 2% milk were less likely to be overweight than peers who drank skim or 1%. So, pour yourself a glass of whole milk—and be sure to serve up whole milk to your kids!

Still, choosing whole milk is just one part of the equation; the other half is opting for organic.

From 2011-2012, Washington State University led an eighteen-month study comparing the milk-fat composition of Organic Valley whole milk to conventional whole milk. The study found Organic Valley’s milk to be nutritionally superior—and, the reasons why go beyond their having organic-fed cows!

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Rather, organic whole milk features a more healthful balance of essential fatty acids. This is especially important in America, where many health problems spur from diets with too much omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3 fatty acids. Organic whole milk’s levels of omega-3 are 62% higher than its conventional counterpart. The ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is 2.3 to 1; whereas conventional whole milk has a 5.77:1 ratio, organic whole milk strikes a much more desirable 2.28:1 ratio. This better balance means better health—and a healthier you!

If that’s not reason enough to opt for organic whole milk, consider that its levels of conjugated linoleic acid are 18% higher than conventional whole milk. That’s 18% more CLA isomers—powerful nutrients that protect the heart, prevent thickening of arteries, regulate the immune system and prevent cancer. These isomers especially protect against breast cancer—great news for women.

With all those benefits, we can’t think of a reason not to choose organic whole milk! To learn more about Washington State University’s study, be sure to check out www.organicvalley.coop/grassup. And, for more info on Organic Valley—America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands—visit www.organicvalley.coop, @OrganicValley on Twitter or www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.

Why do you choose organic whole milk? Comment below!