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Organic Milk Much Worse For Health Than Regular Milk

Feb 8, 2008
A widely accepted view is that organic food is healthier than nonorganic equivalents. Or that at least it is not worse. However, when it comes to dairy milk it's quite a different story. A new book 'Organic Milk Myth' reveals the shocking truth that organic milk is significantly worse for health than regular nonorganic pasteurized milk. This is fully backed up by the latest research.

The idea that organic milk is actually much worse for health will sound bizarre to most people, particularly those who pay extra for what they think is a better product. Individuals and families are willing to pay a premium price for organic milk, but only if they think it is healthier. But when you realize that organic milk is quite a lot worse compared to regular milk, it no longer makes sense to pay extra.

You may wonder how it is possible that organic pasteurized milk, available from retailers everywhere, can truly be worse for you than regular pasteurized milk? You may consider that organic milk is not particularly better than nonorganic milk. However, to consider that organic milk is very much worse for health (compared to regular milk) is a different matter entirely.

Yet all the latest evidence is showing precisely this. Furthermore, UHT milk (Long Life milk) is shown to be even worse for health than organic milk. Astoundingly, about 80% of organic milk sold in the world today is UHT milk.

In some countries, such as Spain, Belgium, and France over 95% of all milk sales are UHT. In other countries, sales of UHT are growing fast, ranging from 15% to 95%. The milk industry likes this because the longer shelf life of UHT makes the supply chain from cow to consumer more economical. This also has government support - there is a worldwide trend to switch up to 90% of all milk over to UHT by 2020 in the belief that this is better for the environment (less refrigeration means lower global warming emissions).

Even in parts of the world where UHT sales are less than half of all milk sales, most organic milk is UHT. For example, research carried out by Professor Rusty Bishop from the University of Wisconsin shows that in the USA and Canada "over 80% of organic milk is sold as organic UHT milk."

Compared to non-UHT milk, UHT is considerably worse for health for several reasons. For example, it is well established that UHT is much higher in damaged whey proteins compared to regular milk. This is so because the ultra high pasteurizing temperature of UHT damages a much higher percentage of whey proteins. They cannot be used by the body and get taken to the brain by the bloodstream. This is one of the biggest dietary causes of brain diseases such as Huntington's, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's Disease. There is clear evidence to support this in research papers and medical journals.

For Parkinson's Disease, for example, a large study found a clear link between the disease and milk consumption (American Journal of Epidemiology, January 2007). The diets of more than 130,000 people in the study were analysed and it was found that those who consumed the most milk had a very significant 70 percent higher risk of getting the disease. Since UHT has more damaged whey proteins than regular milk, it is likely that the risk of getting Parkinson's Disease will be even higher than 70 percent for UHT milk consumers.

Why, though, is organic milk so much worse for health than regular milk? Isn't organic milk assumed to have less pesticides and no antibiotics? Isn't organic milk assumed to be more environmentally friendly and kinder to cows? When the evidence is fully examined, none of these assumptions hold true. The research is clearly showing that organic milk has no less pesticides and antibiotics than regular pasteurized milk. And the vast majority of organic cows (in all parts of the world) are treated no better than nonorganic cows. For commercial and practical reasons most cows are kept in cow sheds and restricted to very confined spaces for most of their lives. The assumption that organic cows are allowed to go out to pasture most days is simply a myth.

When it comes to the environment, the latest research is clearly showing that organic milk is significantly worse for the environment in terms of energy consumption and global warming emissions. This is so because the supply chain for organic milk requires greater energy expenditure (pint for pint) in terms of transportation, warehousing and distribution. Organic milk, which is mostly produced by smaller farms, simply cannot match the economies of scale that apply to regular pasteurized milk.
About the Author
To get information on why organic milk and UHT (Long Life) milk are so unhealthy (compared to regular milk) see Organic Milk Myth. Other resources can be found at www.about-milk.info.
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