We're willing to bet that the majority of American households have a gallon of creamy, cold milk sitting in the fridge as we speak. Whether it's being poured over breakfast cereal, added into recipes, or simply chugged by the glassful, milk is one of the more versatile staple items in our kitchens.
\"Milk contains many important nutrients, including vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A,\" says registered dietitian Sarah Rueven, founder of Rooted Wellness. \"Most dairy milks are also fortified with vitamin D, a vitamin that is not widely found in our food supply but is important for immune function, bone health, and mood regulation, among other things.\"
And let's not forget about protein: Rueven says one cup of milk contains eight grams of protein, making it a great source of the same stuff which supports immune function, builds and repairs tissues, and produces necessary amino acids and hormones. (Most plant-based milks, on the other hand, contain less than a single gram of protein, meaning they aren't a 1:1 nutritional swap).
\"This milk is made from cows that did not receive antibiotics or growth hormones and were fed grass for the entirety of their life,\" says Rueven, who adds that it's important to pick a grass-fed milk with a label that says '100% grass-fed,' because otherwise the cows may have spent most of their lives eating a grain-based diet and only being fed grass for a short time.
According to Rueven, the health benefits of organic milk can be found in its lack of hormones and antibiotics as well as its ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. \"A diet containing too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3s has been linked to heart disease, as well as cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases,\" she explains. Stonyfield's organic milk checks all the necessary boxes, making it a solid choice.
Love the taste of milk but hate the GI symptoms that come with being lactose intolerant Lactose-free milk contains an enzyme called lactase, which Rueven says helps to break down the sugar found in milk (a.k.a. lactose). As a bonus, Magryta says the Organic Valley milk brand comes from pasture-raised cows not fed with GMO grains.
If you have trouble digesting milk, it might not be due to lactose. Rueven says this milk is produced from cows that do not produce the A1 protein, which means that some individuals with slight dairy intolerances may find it easier to digest. Milk produced by The a2 Milk Company has also received certification from Validus, a company that performs farm animal welfare audits to ensure ethical treatment.
Magryta says the addition of omega-3s and choline in this milk can support brain health, and that Clover cows are American Humane Certified and raised on local family-owned farms that follow sustainable agriculture practices. The Clover Sonoma milk brand is only available on the west coast, but it's a healthy and eco-friendly choice for folks living in the Pacific time zone.
Rueven says goat's milk is easier for some people to digest, especially if they're sensitive to cow's milk. She likes the Meyenberg milk brand because it has added vitamin D, so you'll get an extra boost of nutrients that aid in immune and bone health.
Planning a trip to Massachusetts or lucky enough to live there You might want to partake in SideHill Farm's raw milk, which Magryta says is a safe option sold right on the farm. Raw milk has benefits, like higher levels of probiotics and nutrients, but you do need to be very careful. Because raw milk is unpasteurized, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says it can also be contaminated with dangerous bacteria like salmonella and listeria.
Just because dairy milk can be a good source of protein and vitamin D doesn't mean you can run out and buy a gallon of any old brand (not if you're trying to make healthy choices, anyway). According to dietitians, non-organic milk is a big no-no, as is milk that has been irresponsibly sourced. Skip these 3 milks the next time you shop.
\"Non-organic milk is made from cows eating a diet primarily made up of GMO soy and corn products,\" says Rueven. \"This diet decreases the amount of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants found in milk.\" Magryta takes it one step further, recommending that consumers avoid off-brand milks produced by chain stores like Publix or Kroger, since they're not likely to be selling a quality (i.e. organic, grass-fed) product.
Think the word \"organic\" means a milk product is worth purchasing Think again. \"This brand is known or suspected to be practicing outside the intent of organic rules and regulations, and [may] have questionable ethical treatment of animals,\" Magryta, pointing a history of marketing practices that some consumer watchdog groups claim are deceptive. Horizon was also the subject of a 2018 class-action lawsuit for including non-organic DHA in its organic milk products.
While fairlife doesn't necessarily make one of the worst milks you can buy, they may still qualify as one of the worst milk brands. If you're concerned about the ethical treatment of dairy cows Magryta warns fairlife might not be for you. Fair Oaks Farm, a fairlife supplier, was accused of engaging in abusive animal practices in June of 2019 after undercover workers documented cases of animal cruelty. The investigation is ongoing, but several class-action lawsuits have since been filed.
Dairy cows under organic management eat more grass than those under conventional management, and that difference in their diet results in more nutrient-rich milk. Also, there are notable differences in the levels of antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides in conventional milk versus organic milk.
Not only are grassfed animals healthier, but their meat and milk are more nutritious than their corn-fed counterparts. Grassfed meat and dairy contain more beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent dementia as well as heart disease.
To be Certified Grassfed by A Greener World, herds must first be certified Animal Welfare Approved, which forbid sthe use of growth hormones or routine antibiotics and also require an annual review of slaughter facilities. Animals must be raised outdoors on pasture for their entire lives and cannot be fed grain, grain byproducts, or any other form of feed concentrate. For reasons beyond the scope of this article, AGW-certified milks are usually not organic.
The most common form of pasteurization in the dairy industry is High Temperature/Short Time (HTST). Basically, this means the milk is heated to a required minimum temperature of 161F for 15 seconds. For pasteurized (HTST) milk, it is common to find a date code between 16 and 21 days from the date of manufacture.
There is, however, considerable anecdotal evidence that some folks, especially those with difficulties digesting cows milk, have experienced noticeable improvement when drinking A2A2 milk instead of A1A1 milk.
Our readers asked us about a bunch of different milks that come under the general heading of having additional processing. We cannot call any of these Good Stuff because the processing takes milk further and further from its natural state without additional health benefits.
Whole milk contains a higher amount of saturated fat and a higher caloric content when compared to low-fat or non-fat dairy, regardless of it being conventional, grassfed, or organic. There may be good reasons for you or your child to eat a low-fat diet, and you should discuss this with your physician.
I hate to complicate the issue further, but foods that are high in fat are more prone to chemical leaching. Most farms use plastic tubing to milk their cows, which likely introduces phthalates at the start of the production process, and the chemicals then hang out in the fattiest part of the milk. So this could be one reason to choose lower-fat dairy.
A few years ago, we sent some samples of milk to a lab to test for DEHP, the most common phthalate found in food. The results showed that milk fresh out of the cow had ten times fewer phthalates than the milk in the tank of that same farm (in other words, the milk that had gone through the plastic tubing used for milking).
Overall, people who eat diets rich in plant foods have lower levels of phthalates in their blood than do people who eat more animal foods. Reducing your consumption of cow milk would almost certainly lower the phthalate levels in your blood. As I mentioned above, choosing lower fat dairy would also lower your exposure.
Experts seem to agree that for the sake of the planet, a container that can be reused or recycled is best. A refillable glass container is our top recommendation, if you will actually reuse it.
Walmart (Great Value), Safeway (O Organics), Target (Good & Gather) and Costco (Kirkland)milks all come from Aurora Dairy which has been shrouded in controversy. Any milk from Aurora is suspect because of this.
The problem is that this milk is not going to be particularly nutritious. So, if you choose to eat dairy I believe it is worth it to spend more and get the 100% grassfed varieties, even if it means you must consume less of it.
As I said above, all organic dairy is partially grassfed (not true for conventional milk), but that can still mean that the cows are eating grain, which can change the components of the milk in the aforementioned ways.
I have been looking online for a while now trying to figure out which formula to put my 4 months old baby girl on and i made up my mind for HIPP but i have read a lot about how Holle Goat milk is closest to breast milk and you have also said the same thing in your article.. So I am gonna order Holle from this online store. Heard they deliver pretty quick.
At Straus Family Creamery, we source our organic milk from nine local family farms, including the Straus dairy, all of which are located in Marin and Sonoma counties. The certified organic cows spend time out on pasture whenever the weather permits, grazing on the rich, swee