Check out Fairlife’s Fat Free Ultra-Filtered Milk. It has 50 percent more protein and 30 percent more calcium than ordinary fat-free milk.
What’s their secret?
“The water, minerals, lactose, protein and fat in milk have five different sizes, which allows us to catch them in filters, concentrating the best nutrients and filtering away the rest,” Fairlife’s website explains.
Out goes 65 percent of the lactose (milk sugar). To make the milk lactose-free, the company adds the enzyme lactase, which breaks the lactose down into two other sugars: glucose and galactose. In go more protein and calcium.
So while a cup of Fairlife Fat Free has the same 80 calories as a cup of ordinary fat-free milk, it delivers 13 grams of protein (vs. 8 grams) and 40 percent of a day’s calcium (vs. 30 percent).
And Fairlife Fat Free is closer in taste to regular low-fat 1% milk.
Because Fairlife is pasteurized at a higher temperature than most other milks, it has a longer (unopened) shelf life. And since Fairlife has a partnership with Coca-Cola, you can find it almost anywhere.
The average retail price for Fairlife is $3.99 for 52 fl. oz. With soft-drink sales plummeting, poor Coke could use a money maker.
To contact Fairlife, call 1-855-548-3324.
Worried about drinking milk because you’ve heard that lactose causes ovarian cancer?
Maybe you’ve seen this on Dr Oz’ website: “Consuming dairy products…has been shown to increase one’s risk of ovarian cancer.”
And this: “Studies have found that people who ate 30 grams of lactose a day increased their ovarian cancer risk by 20 percent. That’s one glass of milk or one cup of ice cream!”
Relax. Dr. Oz hasn’t done his homework. For starters, one glass of milk has 12 grams of lactose and a cup of ice cream has about 10 grams. What’s more, it’s not even clear that dairy or lactose matters.
When it comes to ovarian cancer, “dairy has been studied more than any other food,” says Melissa Merritt, a research fellow in cancer epidemiology at Imperial College London. “But there’s no consistent evidence linking dairy to ovarian cancer.”
For example, when researchers pooled data on roughly 550,000 women in 12 studies, they found a “weak, marginally significant” link between lactose and ovarian cancer—and that was only if women got the lactose you’d get in at least three cups of milk per day. They found no link with cheese, yogurt, or calcium.
But “when we looked at the Nurses’ Health Study, we didn’t see an association between lactose intake and ovarian cancer risk,” adds Merritt. “That was reassuring.”
Her bottom line: “I wouldn’t advise women to change their dairy intake to avoid ovarian cancer.”
Sources: Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 15: 364, 2006; Cancer Causes Control 25: 795, 2014.
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