Alison asked if hormone-free milk was as good as organic.

As for as Organic milk vs hormone free, neither will have the hormone added, but the hormone “free”-only will still have pesticide residue. Organic milk comes from cows fed an organic diet – grain or grass. In most cases, organic cows are treated better (more room per cow, most organic cows graze in an open pasture), while conventional cows don’t have much room to move around. So that to me even means healthier milk since cows treated better tend to be healthier anyway, thus not needing antibiotics, etc.


Hormone free vs organic – cows naturally produce hormones, so the milk is not entirely hormone free, however no synthetic hormones are added (which to me is still better than conventional milk). However, it seems as though “hormone-free” is more of a marketing term.

CNN also reported on this topic pointing out research has shown there is no difference in milk from cows treated with rbST and cows that were not. However, the author echos many who feel “science” and the FDA has let us down before and consumers are questioning the safety of, well everything.

But then again, Natural News debunks that and gives a glowing review of why adding hormones is not good, including pus getting into the milk from these cows who often get mastitis due to the overproduction of milk and these cows are then given antibiotics to treat the mastitis infection. Now, who wants all that in their milk?

Benefits of Organic Milk
Here is another very good article showing the benefits of organic milk vs conventional milk. Such benefits include less pesticide contamination, more vitamins and antioxidants, improves the quality of breastmilk and helps prevent asthma and eczema in children. Read the entire article for more benefits.

SFMilk-FamilyAs for as choosing a good organic milk, first things first – Horizon milk is not really organic, which is really sad considering it is the best selling brand of organic milk. There are several links on there, one of which is a link to thorough research of many organic brands of milk rated on how “organic” they really are. So if you choose to stay/go organic, you can choose a good brand. Also, you can usually sign up on the manufacturer’s website and get coupons — for example, Stonyfield Farm or Organic Valley may send out coupons in a newsletter.

We eat the “dirty dozen” fruits and veggies (mostly these are the ones where the outer skin is exposed like peaches, grapes, strawberries, potatoes, apples…) these are the ones that will have the most pesticides and bananas for example, do not have near as many pesticides since it is protected by a thick peel. So I get organic apples, but not bananas. I say that to give you an example that there are tradeoffs. You don’t have to go 100% organic on everything. To me, milk is one of those areas where the benefit definitely shows organic to be better.

Certainly cost is a factor. I get our milk from Whole Foods. If you drink a lot of milk or you have room in your freezer, Whole Foods gives you 10% off if you purchase a case of milk (4 gallons). We go through that in about 10-14 days, so I do this sometimes, but it’s a little hard to drink that much milk when we still give our 3 year old whole milk. And I am not sure about freezing milk, have not tried it, but know people who have with great success. And as mentioned, you can usually sign up to get newsletters which may contain coupons.

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23 thoughts on “Organic Milk vs Hormone Free Milk

  1. I am not going to fight with organic milk or Hormone Free. I think naturals are always better than other. So, I like to be stick with any type of natural food not only milk. I believe the most important part of our healthier living is healthier food.

  2. I appreciate that you made the point about “hormone-free” milk not existing. You did miss something on antibiotics, however. You may be interested to know that in the U.S. it is illegal to sell milk containing antibiotics. In fact, every tanker load of milk is tested before it goes into the processing plant, and if it contains even the tiniest detectable trace of antibiotic residue, the entire load is dumped, the responsible farmer is tracked down, and that farm is financially responsible for that tanker load of milk. Considering that a tanker load of milk often contains pickups from multiple farms, this is a pretty strong incentive to avoid antibiotic residues in your milk.

  3. I’ve read that Organic milk is usually Ultra-Pasteurized which means it can usually sit on the shelf and not go bad for awhile. Don’t think that is something I’d like to drink, as it is essentially a dead food. On the other hand, if there is an Organic brand with now added hormones that is not Ultra Pasteurized, then I think that would be a good alternative to Raw Milk, which would have to be our #1 choice.

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  5. Milk freezes well, as does butter! I prefer butter over margarine, so when organic goes on sale, I’ll buy several and freeze them. Just thaw in the fridge. I throw it out when it smells like it’s about to sour- usually 10-14 days after thawing.

  6. You may wish to remove your link that lead to the Web MD article saying organic milk is better for certain reasons. They have removed that article and the only thing I can find on their site is an article on buying milk that say this, “Organic or not?

    According to The Nielsen Company, sales of organic milk jumped from $550 million in 2003 to almost $900 million in the first quarter of 2007. Polls suggest people associate organic milk with superior nutrition, better treatment of animals and a healthier planet. But there’s no evidence that organic milk is more nutritious. While preliminary research has suggested that grass-fed cows produce milk with more vitamin E and omega-3 fats than cows fed grains, organic standards don’t require that cows be solely grass-fed. (Farmers must use organic fertilizers and pesticides and may not give cows preventive antibiotics or supplemental growth hormones; animals must also get some time outdoors.), concerning organic milk.
    If there is no evidence after all of these years and antibiotics are thrown out if found in milk than I am switching back. This is costing me over 6 dollars a gallon which we use in 5 days!!

  7. I buy the whole milk then cut it with distilled water 1 part milk to 1 part water. I prefer to buy cartons or glass bottles trying to avoid plastics. My mother is 77 years old and drinks alot of milk. She was suffering with nocturnal incontinence, when she switched to organic it has been almost nonexistant. Maybe all the hormones ect. in regular milk where to blame.

  8. We thought our child was Lactose intolerant. Found out it was the extra hormones in the milk. Stepped to the Reiter brand hormone free and now they can drink real milk.

  9. I am allergic to rsbt, i am not lactose intollerant, and have drank milk my entire life, with lunch and dinner. APRROX. 15 YEAR ago, I started getting dizzy, ear clogged on right side of head, sinuses blocked and many times pain from back of head to ear. HOSPITALIZED at least twice over the years. Had to be picked up at work over the years 3 or more times. Finally, Ears, nose and throat dr. SAID FOOD ALLERY, I had a swollen Eustchien tube in my ear. Process of elimination, it was milk. Almost EVERY dairy product contains it. In bad episodes I would often get confused, tongue numb, walk in walls, be driving and forget where I was and was going. I learned to stay calm, it would come back. When the hospital said it was mini strokes, I knew it was not. THANK GOD, I finally found out what it was…

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