Looking for more protein in a healthy food?

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.

Translation: Fairlife takes milk apart, then puts it back together…but with a difference.Fairlife Cropped

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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3 Replies to “Looking for more protein in a healthy food?”

  1. This would be great for people like me that has a lot of problems with milk.. except there is no way I could afford it.. 3.99 for 52 ounces comes to over $9.80 per gallon.. not in my budget. ;( will try it when it comes down in price.

  2. Bonnie,
    Your recent article on protein intake pointed out that most of us do not need more protein (but if you are over 50 shoot for 1/2 of your weight in gms of protein) and also that there is no clear evidence that protein is more satiating than other foods. So what’s the advantage of choosing this rather costly drink?

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