Milk has been a staple of the human diet for centuries, with its rich vitamin and mineral content. Organic milk offers all the benefits of conventionally produced milk, with some extra bonuses.
Organic milk often comes from cows who have not been treated with antibiotics or other drugs, including rBST, bovine growth hormone. They are fed organic, pesticide free grass and grain, and have the freedom to go outside.
Organic milk is an excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, riboflavin, zinc, and vitamins A, B12, and D. All of these nutrients work together to build and strengthen healthy bones and teeth, provide energy, maintain good blood pressure and a healthy immune system, and keep eyes, skin, red blood cells and nerve tissues in good shape.
When used in recipes for soups, baked goods, pastas, organic milk fills in with its extra benefits and delicious taste. Organic milk comes with various concentrations of fat, from full-fat to skim or fat free. There is even lactose free organic milk! With so many choices, you are bound to find a type of organic milk that fits into your lifestyle.
Kids are not known to be the world’s biggest vegetable lovers. But a lot of them love milkshakes! Organic smoothies can be like a healthy milkshake for children. They come in kid friendly flavors like chocolate banana, strawberry, and berry, but they pack more nutritional punch than other kinds of dessert.
High fructose corn syrup is the sweetener most often used in processed drinks like soda. For those who want to avoid this ingredient, organic sodas are a great choice, as they are brewed with simple sweeteners like honey, stevia, or the natural occurring sugars found in fruit.
If you try to avoid pesticides because of their effect on the environment and you like white wine, it’s time to check out organic white wine. Organic grapes are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and often their made without added sulfites. Good for you, good for the planet.
Many people opt for organic options because they’re worried about potential or unknown health effects. But there’s a strong environmental argument for going organic. Organic red wine is produced without putting harmful chemicals onto the plants and into the soil. The result is grape vines that don’t cause bird deaths and waterways free of run-off pollutants.
You had a late bedtime and an early morning wake up, and need something to get you going – but you are watching your waistline and want to avoid high calorie drinks. No problem! Many organic energy drinks on the market are low calorie beverages, giving you that much needed boost without interfering with your diet. These drinks replace higher calorie sugars with light sweeteners like stevia.
Most good organic beer is brewed by microbreweries. Everything else about the brewing process is the way you like it – small batches, attention to the details, and care with the entire process – but the key ingredients, hops and wheat, haven’t been grown with pesticides.
To reduce problems with insects, organic coffee is often shade grown. Natural fertilizers are used, instead of chemical fertilizers. The fruit and bean of the coffee plant will absorb the energy from fertilizers. They’ll also have pesticide residue if they’ve been sprayed. Organic coffee is grown in a way that avoids adding potential toxins to your cup of coffee.