We all know organic foods are superior to their non-organic counterparts. But, new research shows they’re even better than we thought. See what organic foods have that conventional foods lack, and try a delicious organic Strawberry Protein Shake Recipe, available below.

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Organic Foods Have More Omega-3s

There’s one type of fat you shouldn’t cut back on, and that’s omega-3 fatty acids. Not only does your body need omega-3s to function properly, but also they’re linked to lower blood pressure, better neurological development and function, improved immune system, and a reduced risk of heart disease, depression and Alzheimer’s.

The recent study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found organic meats and dairy products have about twice the amount of omega-3s than non-organic varieties. Researchers found organic milk products have about 56% more omega-3s, and organic meats have 47% more.

Organic Foods Have More Antioxidants

Antioxidants, primarily found in fruits and vegetables, are linked to good health and the prevention of a number of diseases.  A previous study, also from in the British Journal of Nutrition, found organic crops and crop-based foods have up to 60% more antioxidants than those that are conventionally-grown.

Organic Foods Have Fewer Harmful Compounds

Researchers found organic crops contain less cadmium, a natural but toxic metal that can produce a variety of health problems. Conventional foods also have more harmful compounds because they don’t have the same restrictions as organic foods. For something to be considered organic, it must be grown or produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, sewage sludge, ionizing radiation, antibiotics, or growth hormones.

Recipe: Organic Strawberry Protein Shake

Strawberry smoothie

Reap the benefits of organic ingredients by enjoying this delicious and healthy protein shake, courtesy of Deliciously Organic. Make sure to use ingredients labeled organic.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup raw milk or coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw cream or coconut cream
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 2 raw egg yolks (optional)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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