Cow Milk or Buffalo Milk: Which is Better?
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Cow Milk or Buffalo Milk: Which is Better?

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Buffalo milk or cow milk, do you often wonder as to which one is better considering its nutritive value and taste? While both types have their own nutritive value and differ in a few ways, its up to the individual to make the right choice depending on one's need.

Let's look at the differences between Cow milk and Buffalo milk:

Similarities:

  • Taste: Both cow milk and buffalo milk taste sweet
  • Nutrition Both types are high in nutrition and enhance strength
  • Cooling: Both types of milk are cooling to the system and relieve burning sensation
  • Aphrodisiac: Both of them serve as natural aphrodisiac

Milk properties:

  • Color: Buffalo milk is white while cow milk is pale yellow
  • Consistency: Buffalo milk is thicker than cow milk
  • Digestive Power: Cow milk digests easier than buffalo milk
  • Natural Sleep: Buffalo milk induces natural sleep compared to cow milk
  • Preservation: Buffalo milk can be preserved for longer time naturally as compare to cow milk

Nutritive Value:

  • Protein: Buffalo milk is high in protein compared to cow milk, which helps in building muscle and bone; If you have weak bones and muscles it is better to consume buffalo milk
  • Fat: Saturated fat content is higher in buffalo milk comparatively. Saturated fats are not good for health, as they can raise heart disease risk.
  • Cholesterol –Cow milk has high cholesterol as compared to buffalo milk; A diet high in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats can raise blood cholesterol levels and put you at risk for heart disease.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Buffalo milk has more vitamins (A & D) and minerals (calcium, iron and phosphorus). Vitamin A is good for good eye sight; vitamin D is important for building strong bones; Calcium is essential for optimal functioning of the entire body, including bones, muscles, and absorption of vitamin D. Iron is essential to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. Sulphur content in cow's milk being more, it increases the brain activity and therefore is preferred for growing children.
  • Calories: The calorie content in the buffalo milk is naturally more as it contains more of fat and protein. People who are on calorie restricted diet are advised to have cow's milk which has fewer calories to cut down the calorie intake.

Based on your body requirement choose what's best for you or seek doctor's advice.