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2. Organic Milk & Other Dairy Products
Buy Organic if you can. Not all the synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics and pesticides in conventional milk production are washed out before we drink it.
Organic milk has significantly higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to reduce allergies, asthma and eczema due to higher concentrations of linoleic acids.
3. Organic Eggs
“USDA Organic” eggs’ hens are uncaged, have outdoor access, and have a diet free of animal byproducts, pesticides, genetic engineering and sewage sludge.
Note that “Free Range” eggs’ hens have outdoor access, but there are no standards for what ‘outdoors’ means (a concrete slab could do) or how long they spend outdoors. There are also no restrictions on Free Range diet, hormones or antibiotics.
Therefore “Organic” eggs are considered healthier than “Free Range”
4. Organic Meat & Poultry, if you can
If you can find it and afford it, Organic is best
USDA Certified Organic meat and poultry can come only from animals fed organic feed and given no hormones, antibiotics, or ground-up animal parts.
Grass-Fed Cattle are fed their natural diet of grass instead of corn, which results in meat that is leaner, lower in fat and calories, higher in antioxidants and omega-3s
When Organic isn’t available or affordable, look for labels that say No Hormones and/or No Antibiotics. These are often less expensive than organic meat. Note that these labels are not regulated by USDA.
USDA has no guidelines for certifying organic seafood
Seafood contaminants include metals (such as mercury, which affects brain function and development), industrial chemicals (PCBs and dioxins) and pesticides (DDT).