Omega 3: Which Milk Is Best?

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A new study found organic milk to have a more balanced amount of omega-3 and omega-6 than conventional milk. The compared types are not inclusive for the lactose intolerant population who cannot comfortably ingest cow’s milk. There are various options available for that population, the range varies from quite a few organic to conventional choices. Some of the available milk alternatives range from almond, rice, soy, hemp, goat and for babies – breast milk.

Milk alternatives cannot match cow’s milk in the protein department, a lure  is they are free of lactose, that is not including breast milk which will be covered separately. Hemp milk has omega 3 and omega 6 and many other nutritious attributes. Coconut milk contains minerals and fibers for immunity boosters, but may negatively affect cholesterol. Oat milk benefits include vitamins, fiber and calcium yet it is critiqued for having a higher gluten and sugar content.  Flaxseed milk has fatty acids, calcium and vitamins. Almond milk has vitamins but may cause allergies for those allergic to nuts. Rice milk has a thinner consistency and has a various source of vitamins. Soy milk has zero cholesterol and contain vitamins and calcium. Soy milk is not recommended for babies under a year old and is not tolerated by all lactose tolerant people. Goat milk is naturally vitamin fortified and homogenized. Like milk, many of the alternative options are available in an organic version in some locations.

Many of the milk alternatives include an ingredient called carrageenan. It is a thickener deriving from seaweed. Research has raised concerns that the degraded type may cause gastrointestinal issues that might include cancer. Accordingly, it has been said the degraded type is not typically used in food. The undergraded type has been approved safe for human consumption by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S.

For babies, breast milk has been proven to naturally be better for the mother and child. A breastfed child is usually healthier and so is the overall health of the mom. The U.S National Center for Biotechnology Information calls breast milk the gold standard for infant nutrition.

For those seeking an alternative different from the milk types already mentioned, there are cows that have been genetically modified to produce healthier milk. Created by scientists to help people with lactose intolerance – China, New Zealand and the UK have successfully completed the experiment of cloning cows. The milk cloning process was first tested on mice. Chinese scientists created cloned cows that  produced milk similar to human breast milk.

Organic milk has the most natural occurrence of omega 3. Its milk comes from cows that live in a more natural environment of consuming food without chemicals, typically outside under the sun. Cloned cows are scientifically created and they offer milk that has been genetically enhanced to supply specific types of cow milk. Conventional milk is  non-organic milk from cows that have ingested some form of genetically modified or chemical nourishment. Milk alternatives provide various types of enhanced nutrition, with organic and conventional options available. The choice of selection is expanse to cover the varying tolerance levels of consumption.


By Dada Ra


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