5 Reasons Your Dairy Should Always Be Organic
I feel strongly about certain foods always being organic and dairy is one of them. My clients will send me labels of non-organic products claiming to not contain a hormone, hoping it will be an acceptable product, only to hear me say “please stick with organic”.
Non-organic dairy products are produced with synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, hormones and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). I always tell my clients that we are what our meat eats and the same is true for dairy. If the cow consumes it then we consume it and it has to be processed in our liver which can risk our health in many ways. Here are 5 important reasons to always choose organic dairy.
1. Non- Organic Dairy Contains Growth Hormones
There are many reasons to choose organic dairy but the most well-known reason are the growth hormones recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Both of these hormones are fed to the cattle to increase milk production and they remain in the milk. When we consume these hormones they disrupt the balance of our own hormones leading to infertility, early puberty and health issues. Cows raised in an organic environment are not exposed to hormones and allowed to produce milk by eating a natural diet.
2. Non-Organic Dairy Contains Antibiotics
Antibiotics are used in non-organic farming practices to reduce risk of infection and disease. The problem again is that what the animal consumes comes out in their milk and when we ingest it we are ingesting antibiotics which can be harmful to our health. This overuse of antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance in humans and disrupt the normal gut bacteria of not just humans but of the cows. Healthy gut bacteria is critical for immunity, proper nutrient absorption, brain health and so much more.
3. Pesticides Are Found in Non-Organic Dairy Sources
The use of pesticides on the food the cows eat can be found in their milk. Like the use of GMO foods, the byproducts of these can cause harm to the gut microbiome as well as disrupt reproduction, the endocrine system and cause neurological problems.
4. Organic Dairy Products are Better for the Environment
Organic dairy products are much better for the environment since they are produced without the use of synthetic chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or other artificial inputs. Organic dairy farms also use more sustainable farming practices that will promote healthy soil and reduce pollution and soil erosion. Organic farms are more often smaller than conventional farms and will require fewer resources to produce the same amount of milk.
5. Organic Dairy Tastes Better
Organic dairy products taste better and I can attest to that personally. They taste better because they are using all high quality ingredients. Through the use of natural ingredients, organic dairy is able to maintain its natural flavors. Additionally, organic dairy is free from artificial additives, preservatives and hormones all which will lead to a far superior taste.
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