Organic cows provide meat and milk that is higher in omega-3, a healthy fat. However, scientists are not convinced that this means the products are healthier than conventional.
Firstly, organic farming does not allow the use of antibiotics, hormones or genetically-modified products, but none of these account for the higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
The higher levels of (good) polyunsaturated fat in organic meat and milk result from the fact that organic farming requires the animals to spend some time outside, meaning these cows eat grass instead of grain.
In order to increase your omega-3 intake to reach the 200 mg value believed to yield health benefits, you’d have to switch to organic beef and drink a couple of glasses of organic milk per day.
Although organic meat and milk may not be healthier, it may lessen your chances of getting sick. Conventional beef was found to be 3 times more likely to contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria than organic beef.
Frankly, if you have the choice and can afford it, choose organic cows over conventional ones.
Finally, don’t be scared if your grass-fed beef has a yellowish tint to it, that’s just the beta-carotene and vitamin A it obtained from the grass.