SPLASH! milk science update: OCTOBER 2012 Issue

This month, we learn how milk composition varies when produced for male or female offspring, the risks and benefits of drinking raw milk, how milk digestion begins even before consumption, and, of course, the danger of cow burps!

Enjoy!

Boy milk vs. girl milk

Boy milk vs. girl milk

At the grocery store, there are formulas for infants with very low birth weights, soy-based formulas for infants with dairy allergies, and low-sodium formulas for infants who need restricted salt intake. Should there also be Boy Formula or Girl Formula? The answer is...maybe. Recent research has shown that mothers make different milk for sons and daughters Read More...

The evidence around raw milk

The evidence around raw milk

Is unpasteurized (or raw) cows’ milk good or bad for you? It's a simple question with vociferous and opposite answers depending on who you ask. Agencies of the United States federal government, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), point to numbers that link consumption of the stuff to a heightened risk of tummy bugs and worse. Meanwhile, activists make pasteurization seem outright dangerous and raw milk sound like a wonder food. Is it? Read More...

Proteases vs. antiproteases: The battle over milk digestion

Proteases vs. antiproteases: The battle over milk digestion

Surprisingly, milk protein digestion begins in the mammary gland, long before the milk is consumed. There, a battle rages between enzymes called proteases, which break down proteins, and antiproteases that act as shields by protecting other proteins from being completely digested. The result of this competition is a delicate balance of intact protein and partially digested protein segments. Read More...

Do the math – cow burps are profound!

Do the math - cow burps are profound!

In some societies, burping in public is considered very bad manners, often evoking a silent, disapproving frown or, if at home, a strong verbal reprimand. Sometimes burping alone gives immense personal satisfaction - a job well done. In more enlightened societies, a guttural burp is the ultimate complement, a mark of appreciation for excellent food. Human burps are, in the grand scheme, socially important, but in reality, quite innocuous. However, the same is not true for cow belches. Read More...