Which milk is best?

Published On: Dec 11 2012 01:45:47 PM CST
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Most people will agree milk does a body good, but are some types of milk more beneficial than others?

From organic to omega-3-fortified, there is now a variety of milk in the dairy aisle at the grocery store, which is why experts say you should choose a milk that fits your specific dietary and nutritional needs.

Health.com broke down some of the new cartons you might see in the dairy case.

Organic milk comes from cows raised organically, meaning they eat feed grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.   Some experts advocate for organic milk because they believe that the synthetic growth hormone given to many conventionally raised cattle can cause health problems, from early puberty to cancer. 

Ultra-pasteurized milk is designed to keep dairy products fresh for longer, ultra-pasteurized milk is heated to a higher temperature than regular, pasteurized milk.  Your milk can safely stay unopened in the refrigerator for up to 60 days instead of 21.

Fortified milks pack extra nutrients beyond the usual vitamins A and D, such as vitamin C, omega-3s, and fiber.

Lactose-free milk is for those who cannot digest the lactose in dairy.  As many as 6 percent of Americans have some degree of lactose intolerance, meaning they may experience gas, cramps, nausea, or have diarrhea, if they eat or drink dairy products.

Rice, soy, and other nondairy milk is more common than ever, giving vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those with no special dietary needs an alternate. 

Despite all the new milk options, people are drinking less milk than 30 years ago.  Milk remains an ideal way to get calcium.  Women down about 19 gallons per year, mostly in cereal.

For more, read the article on cnn.com.

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