Have an eggcellent Easter

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A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in February 2016 showed that organic milk contains around 50% more beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic. In addition to organic milk, the nutritional differences also apply to organic dairy like butter, cream, cheese and yoghurt. This study, the largest systematic review of its kind, broke down the data from 196 studies on milk and found that there were clear nutritional differences between conventional and organic dairy. The reviews included several studies of mothers and children and the consequences of organic milk and dairy consumption.  Key findings from the groundbreaking research were that:
  • organic milk (dairy) contains around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.
  • organic milk and dairy contains 40% more conjugated linoleum acid (CLA) - CLA has been linked to a range of health benefits including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and obesity.
  • organic milk and dairy contains slightly higher concentrations of iron, Vitamin E and some carotenoids.
The difference in Omega 3 is due to the fact that organic animals have to eat a more natural and grass-based diet containing high levels of clover. Clover is used in organic farming to fix nitrogen so that crops and grass grow (instead of manufactured/chemical fertilisers), and this research has found that clover also increases the Omega 3 concentrations in milk. As is often the case with animal products such as dairy, it can be a contentious talking point and there are many arguments against consuming dairy and many for it.  I have heard nutritionists call it white poison before and it is well acknowledged that we are the only mammals that drink the milk of another mammal after we have been weaned off our own Mothers milk. As we are all made up differently, I like to think that consuming dairy, eating meat or enjoying a glass of wine are all personal choices.  As we all have different constitutions, I don’t believe that a ‘one glove fits all’ approach works.  I do however, strongly believe in consuming organic wherever possible, particularly when it comes to animal products as the animal welfare standards on organic farms are the highest we have. Enjoy your Easter, Al   Easter deliveries Deliveries will remain on the same day the week after Easter, but if you're enjoying the holiday and forget to order your organic box - you can order up till 10am Tuesday 29/3 for deliveries on 29 and 30 March. All Tuesday deliveries will arrive a bit later than usual. Organic vs Free Range Eggs To most people these days Easter means chocolateEggs and bunnies, but lets talk about real eggs, you know the ones, which real life chickens lay and how we should only be eating certified organic eggs or (ones from your back yard). Standards have been set for organic and ‘free range’ which stipulate among other things flock sizes, stocking densities and how many hens can share a nest. Organic standards always state that hens must have access to outside areas; however they also go further than free range standards in a number of important ways. One of the ways in which organic standards differ from ‘free range’ is that organic standards stipulate smaller flock sizes and lower stocking densities (the number of birds per square metre). Smaller flock sizes help to ensure healthier and less stressed birds. Read more about organic vs free range eggs in an old newsletter on our blog   This week's Seasonal Box:
The likely box contents for this week's Medium Seasonal box are:
  • Oranges - Valencia (500g)
  • Apples (750g)
  • Sweet Potato - Gold (750g)
  • Banana - Cavendish (750g)
  • Eggplant - Purple (500g)
  • Cucumber - Green (400g)
  • Spinach - English Baby (150g Bag)
  • Beans - round (250g)
  • Rocket (150g Bag)
  • Tomatoes - Round (500g)
  • Onions - Brown (500g)
  • Basil (bunch)
And don't forget to add further items
(extra fruit, veg, bread, dairy, pantry items etc) to your box.
Rebecca Mace

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