Grassfed Milk Versus Vegetarian-Sourced DHA Milk

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Created May 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM

What makes grassfed/pastured milk better than plant-sourced DHA milk? I noticed the brand Horizon milk touting DHA milk as an alternative source of Omega 3 DHA instead of fish oil. I do not drink milk, but am around plenty of folks who do. I would like to be able to explain to them the benefits and shortfalls of these two different kinds of milks in relation to Omega-3's. Also, does the body process the omega-3's in the two milks differently?

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on September 12, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Ideally, you would want to get raw, grass fed milk if you are interested in cow dairy. Otherwise, if it's "ultra" pasteurized and homogenized around the board, I would avoid it altogether and just stick to water and coconut milk as beverages. Make sure to continue the pastured meats and organic leafy greens and even some nuts for calcium. I wouldn't want to go the calcium supplement route. You can read more about that here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/8190/how-to-get-enough-paleo-calcium#axzz1XlG1iuWY

Check this out for info on why you want to avoid store-bought milk: http://www.realmilk.com/rawvpasteur.html

I'm guessing Horizon cows (and many other cows from popular organic dairy brands, for that matter) are mainly grain-fed, unless otherwise specified. Pasture-raised cows have an optimal omega-3 to omega-6 balance and produce that balance in their milk, while grain-fed cows, of course, have excess omega-6. If I HAD to choose, I would choose the grass fed milk, but again, it's more important for me to avoid the pasteurized and homogenized dairy products, organic, grass fed or otherwise. So make sure it's grass fed and raw.

If it were me, I would want to get my omegas (and Vitamin D) from fresh Cod Liver Oil, or even fresh algae oil as opposed to the oils sitting for who-knows-how-long in a carton of pasteurized milk. Plus, if Horizon cows are raised mainly on organic grain, I guess the company would rationalize having to add the omega-3 to balance out all of the omega-6s.


It's most natural to get your nutrients as they are.

Hope this was helpful...good luck!



on October 04, 2011
at 07:39 PM

Also grass fed milk should have a better omega 3 to omega 6 ratio because the cows are not eating a diet of grains which as we all know have a much worse ratio.

This is why they are fortifying with DHA to make it appear more healthy. One rule I have is that if I can get the nutrients naturally that is always better than food engineers trying to make food healthier by adding nutrients.


on October 04, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Essentially you have a milk that's been produced by a cow that's been eating grass, and a cow with an uncertain diet, with milk that's been fortified with what we think the most important part of grass fed milk is. When you get down to grass fed, it's not just the omega-3 concentration that matters, but also the omega-6 concentration, and the presence of other fats that are present in grass fed milk (CLA jumps to mind), fat soluble vitamins, and also the mineral content of the milk too.

If you're buying organic milk, just save some money and buy the non-DHA-added milk, and take a fish oil capsule. Same effect.



on September 12, 2011
at 06:46 PM

If you can get legit GF milk it will always be better than horizon DHA milk. Horizon milk is just just standard dairy cow milk with added algal DHA, sounds pretty shady.



on October 04, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I don't know but I prefer the milk because it is something that I have tasted and It doesn't sound like it is tasty. I don't know it is like a similar analogy with Generic Viagra and viagra

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