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Organic milk: Worth the splurge?

It can be hard to justify a higher price tag, but the nutrition factor on organic milk may just sway you, especially if you have little ones at home who drink a lot of whole milk.  

The "organic" component of milk means that the cows weren't exposed to any antibiotics or hormones, were fed organic feed and spent some time roaming pastures, munching grass. 

The biggest perk of drinking organic milk is the nutrition. Studies have shown that organic milk contains 75 percent more beta-carotene, which is good for eye health and the immune system. It has 50 percent more vitamin E and a substantially higher percentage of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, (think fish, nuts and leafy greens). 

To reap all these nourishing benefits, you're better off drinking whole milk than skim since it's just that, skimming off the fat, which leaves you with lower levels of omega-3s. Of course, drinking whole milk ups your caloric intake, so there are a couple of things to take into consideration. An added bonus is its longer shelf life, and in my opinion, I think it tastes better!

Despite the cost, for households with growing toddlers or who have an eye for getting the most nutritional bang for your buck, organic milk may be the way to go to. Since having my son, we have been only buying organic milk.

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