All You Need To Know About Buffalo Milk: A Brief Overview
Buffalo milk is a type of dairy product made from the milk of cows that have been fed with grasses or hay instead of grain. It contains less fat than cow’s milk but more protein and calcium than human milk. There are several types of buffalo milks available including skimmed, whole, lowfat and nonfat varieties.
There are two main advantages of using buffalo milk over other kinds of dairy products: it is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol; and it provides higher levels of some vitamins such as vitamin D. However, there are disadvantages too. For example, while whole or lowfat buffalo milk may contain up to 15% protein (compared with 3-5% in cow’s milk), the amount varies depending on the brand.
Also, since it is not pasteurized, the bacteria present in raw milk can grow and cause harmful microorganisms to multiply. So, if you plan to drink buffalo milk regularly, make sure that you wash your hands after handling it.
The most common reason why people choose buffalo milk over cow’s milk is because they believe that buffalo milk tastes better than cow’s milk. While both milks have their advantages and disadvantages, only one will provide the optimal nutrition for a person’s health. If you are considering whether or not to drink buffalo milk, it is important to learn more about it.
Within this post, you can find several pieces of information about the pros and cons of drinking it.
All You Need to Know About Drinking Buffalo Milk
1. What is
First of all, “buffalo milk” is the name used in North America for cow’s milk or cattle milk which comes from the Indian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). In other parts of the world, it is simply known as cow’s milk. So while you may be able to find it in specialty shops in North America, you will be able to find it at any grocery store.
2. What are the
Different Types of Buffalo Milk?
There are three common types of buffalo milk: whole milk, low-fat milk and skimmed or non-fat milk. Each type contains the same nutrients but in different quantities. For example, whole buffalo milk contains 3.5% fat, 8.4% protein and 8% minerals and sodium; low-fat milk contains 2.5% fat, 3.2% protein and 7.5% minerals and sodium; skimmed or non-fat milk contains 0.1% fat, 2% protein and 7.5% minerals and sodium. All types of milk are fortified with vitamin A and D.
Drink Buffalo Milk?
There are several reasons why you may want to drink it. First of all, it is very nutritious and can make a good substitute for cow’s milk for people who are lactose-intolerant. During the summertime, it is a good alternative to fresh milk since it remains unopened for longer periods of time without refrigeration. It is also a good choice for people who are allergic to milk since it can be tolerated by most people that suffer from cow’s milk allergies.
Does It Taste Like?
There are several factors that affect the taste of buffalo milk. These include the food that the animal has been fed, how long it has been since its last milking, and whether the animal has been producing milk for some time or not. In some cases, the milk may taste salty or have a tinge of yellow. Since the milk is not homogenized, it may separate into a thin layer of cream and milk.
There Any Risks or Side Effects?
Although drinking fresh buffalo milk can be generally be good for you, it does have a few side effects. For example, some people experience mild stomach discomfort after drinking it. Drinking more than one glass may lead to diarrhea and nausea. Some people also develop bloating, flatulence and vomiting. Drinking large amounts of milk may also decrease your blood’s ability to clot.
Can You Buy It?
If you are interested in drinking it, you will have to go to a specialty food store since most grocery stores do not sell it. In the United States, you may find it in Indian markets. In other countries, try visiting a dairy shop or market that sells food from India.
Now that you have all the information that you need about this nutritious milk beverage, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to drink it.
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