Does organic production improve the nutritional quality of milk? expert weighs

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For a few years, health, fitness and organic have become synonymous in the world of nutrition and food. The pandemic has definitely increased awareness of the importance of making healthy food and lifestyle choices. According to recently reported data, the demand for organic products, which had been rising steadily for the past few years, saw a sharp decline in the wake of the epidemic. As the popularity of organic foods continues to rise across the country, we see an increase not only in demand but also in the emergence of organic dairy products, which are a large part of our daily food and nutrition intake.

Indian consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health risks associated with consuming regular milk, which has led to an increase in the popularity of organic dairy production. In 2021, the Indian organic milk market was worth $6.082 billion. According to IMARC Group, the market is expected to reach US$29,361 million by 2027, with a CAGR of 29.1% from 2022 to 2027.

Difference in production

Organic milk is produced by cows that are raised under natural conditions and are:

  • They are allowed to express their natural behavior, they are not tied down or tied down.
  • Provided with access to clean water, feed and fodder 24×7
  • Their diet is adjusted according to health requirements.

Nutritional value

Organic milk is healthier than conventional milk because it is produced by cows fed organic forage and in a stress-free environment. Organic milk contains higher compositions of omega-3 fatty acids and disease-fighting antioxidants. As a result of its lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, organic milk is healthier than regular milk. There is ample evidence that omega-6 fatty acids are associated with heart disease, as well as cancer, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders when consumed in excess.

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Organic milk has some differences compared to regular milk.

During normal milk production, cows are treated with hormones, which has a significant impact on children, leading to early puberty and long-term health risks. Compared to non-organic milk, organic milk is richer in nutritious minerals, such as iron, vitamin E, selenium, and carotenoids. These nutrients help in the battle against free radicals, such as oxidative damage to our cells, which in some cases can lead to coronary artery disease and cancer. Organic milk is high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that also aids in the development of a healthy immune system while lowering the risk of obesity, osteoporosis, cancer, and other diseases.

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Furthermore, antibiotics are prohibited in the production of organic dairy products and for good reason. The use of antibiotics in animals can lead to disease due to the development of antibiotic resistance in humans, which can be transmitted to people. Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the most pressing human health problems of our day, causing thousands of deaths each year. Research also shows that organic farming systems contribute to the sustainable production of healthy food.

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health benefits of organic food

Organic food has been growing tremendously in popularity.

Organic milk and other dairy products are becoming more popular as a result of these health benefits and sustainable production. While there have been some studies comparing organic and conventional milk, more studies are needed to determine their long-term health impacts. Due to the general nutritional profiles, organic foods are more nutritious than their conventional equivalents. Additionally, the country’s economic growth and rising consumer disposable incomes have accelerated the adoption of organic alternatives. By consuming organic milk, consumers get the true essence and nutrition of milk, just as nature always intended.

About the author: Mr. Shashi Kumar is the founder and CEO of Akshayakalpa Organic.

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