It’s no secret that Americans are not getting enough Omega-3 in their diets, but consuming organic meats and milk may help provide a boost of healthy fats—at least that’s what researchers in the UK believe after looking at more than 65 studies conducted over the last 20 years.
A team from Newcastle University found that choosing organic meats and milk may be better for your health in the long run, and here’s why: aside from the obvious benefits associated with organically raised animals (i.e. no hormones, no antibiotics, no GMO-enhanced feed) it turns out that organic meats and milk contain about twice as much Omega-3 as their non-organic counterparts, along with other benefits.
According to researchers, the difference has to do with what the animals are eating: mainly fresh grass and clover with a high Omega-3 content, as opposed to a primarily grain-based diet. “In simple terms, if the animals eat more fresh grass, the Omega-3s go up,” said Carlo Leifert, an ecological agriculture professor and co-author of the study, published last month in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Leifert and his team agree that making the switch to organic meats and milk may be an important step toward getting more health-promoting Omega-3 in the diet. If you’re curious about how much Omega-3 you should be getting, learn more here.