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Milk Varieties: What’s Right for Your Heart?

Milk Varieties

Chances are you’ve probably heard the slogan “Milk does a body good.” This is true, for the most part. Milk is a good source of calcium, as well as vitamin A and D, the latter of which is difficult enough to obtain that it is regularly supplemented. However, there are many more types of milk available than there used to be- particularly for those who adhere to special diets, such as veganism. Saturated fat, unfortunately, is found in both whole and 2% milk, and it can have negative effects on the body. But what about the other types of milk?

9. Organic Cow Milk

Organic Cow Milk

While milk may provide numerous health benefits, like those listed previously, and other boons like a small dose of potassium, cow’s milk is definitely not without its downsides. The cholesterol content in its saturated fat could increase your LDL, which is the bad kind of cholesterol. If you intend to stick with cow’s milk, skim is better. With no saturated fat, it will not increase your odds of developing heart disease or having a stroke. As an added bonus, that potassium content actually helps heart health by counteracting sodium in the body, greatly improving the health of the blood vessels.

8. Raw Cow Milk

Raw Cow Milk

You might think that milk comes straight out of a cow looking the way it does when you buy it from the store. This isn’t the case. Unpasteurized, or ‘raw’ cow’s milk is quite different in that it is purported to be more nutritionally beneficial. However, it is not without its risks. The process of pasteurization serves to kill off potentially harmful bacteria. For those with fragile immune systems, bacteria found in raw, unpasteurized milk can cause illness and even death. Those who prefer a raw foods diet would be well advised to choose a different milk from this list.