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Cow Milk Vs Buffalo Milk

Cow milk vs buffalo milk! Which is better? In modern times, cow milk is still widely consumed. However, buffalo milk is gaining popularity. Find out why!

Cow Milk Vs Buffalo Milk for Weight Loss

Milk is a staple part of people’s diets in India. Here, cow milk and buffalo milk are two most commonly consumed varieties of milk. In this article, we are going to explore whether cow’s milk is better than buffalo milk or if it is the opposite of that. But before that, know that a dairy product like milk can provide you with several health benefits. This hydrating drink is an excellent source of calcium. It is also a good vegetarian source of protein. Daily intake of milk can provide you with Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and healthy fat. Drinking milk regularly can be beneficial for your bone health.

Which one is better?

Some of you may have tried both cow milk and buffalo milk. They both taste nearly the same. However, there’s a slight difference between the composition of the two varieties of milk. Cow milk is considered being lighter as it has lesser as it has lesser fat content than buffalo milk.

One cup (240 ml) of whole cow’s milk with 3.25% fat provides;

  • Calories: 149
  • Water: 88%
  • Protein: 7.7 gms
  • Carbs: 11.7 gms
  • Lactose: 11 gms
  • Fat: 8 gms
  • Calcium: 21% of the daily value

One cup (240 ml) of whole buffalo’s milk provides

Buffalo milk, according to healthline.com, has comparatively more nutrients and even calories per serving.

  • Calories: 237
  • Water: 83%
  • Protein: 9 gms
  • Carbs: 12 gms
  • Lactose: 13 gms
  • Fat: 17 gms
  • Calcium: 32% of the daily value

Cow Milk And Buffalo Milk Comparison

Cow milk contains less fat when compared to buffalo milk. Because of the high-fat content in buffalo milk, it is thicker when compared to cow milk, which is high in water content (approx. 90%) making it of a thinner consistency and more hydrating.

Buffalo milk has 7 grams of fat per 100 ml while cow milk contains 4 grams of fat per 100 ml. Because of high peroxidase enzymes, buffalo milk can be preserved naturally for a longer period. With the amount of protein and calcium, buffalo milk ranks slightly higher, but it also has more calories when compared to cow milk.

100 ml of buffalo milk provides 100 calories, while the same amount of cow’s milk provides 68-70 calories. Cow milk is also rich in sulphur- an essential mineral to boost brain activity. The slight yellowish tinge of cow milk is because of beta carotene (precursor of Vitamin A) which is not present in buffalo milk.

If you are on a weight-loss diet, which is better?

If you are watching your calorie intake or are on a weight-loss diet, then cow milk is a better choice. Cow milk is also excellent for infants as it is easily digestible when compared to buffalo milk. The rich consistency of buffalo milk makes it a better choice for preparing paneer, kheer, or khoya.

But, the thing to note is that milk composition has a dynamic nature, and the composition can vary with the stage of lactation, age, breed, nutrition, and health status of the cow/buffalo.

As far as you are not lactose intolerant, consuming milk is a safe choice. Chose the type that you believe suits your body the best. Also, try to get access to milk from a nearby local dairy.

Conclusion

You should drink milk regularly if it suits your body. Milk and dairy products are an excellent source of vegetarian protein.

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