AARP said that it's becoming common knowledge that organic food and produce is a healthier option because it has fewer pesticides. However, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, organic milk actually has more healthy fatty acids than milk from more conventional farms.
The investigation looked at 400 samples of whole organic and conventional milk for 18 months, and it was discovered that organic whole milk had a higher level of omega-3 oils, which have been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Conventional whole milk had higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which is beneficial but has been linked to heart disease when consumed in large amounts.
AARP noted that these results don't apply to skim milk because all of the fatty acids have been removed. Low-fat and 2 percent milk have lower amounts of fatty acids as well.
If older adults want to or need to make lifestyle changes and adopt healthier diets, senior care services can help. Caregivers can assist patients with purchasing more nutritious options at the grocery store, like organic whole milk, and provide meal preparation services if elderly men and women can no longer complete the task themselves.