Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cow milk v/s. cow milk: The untold story

Most of us are not aware of the fact that there is a huge difference between milk from cows of foreign origin (such as Jersey) and milk from cows of Indian origin (such as Gir). While milk of Indian cows can be a boon to your health, Jersey cow milk can be exactly opposite. A scientific research done recently proves this.

Cow milk contains two types of proteins A-1 and A-2. While A-2 type of protien is extremely beneficial to health, A-1 type of protein if taken for a prolonged duration can be harmful for human beings.

Recently a research was conducted by NABR (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, Haryana) in which they studied milk of all breeds of cow. In this research, they tested milk of Indian cows such as Red horn, Shahiwal, Tharparkar, Rathi, Gir and Kankrej as well as cows of foreign origin such as Jersey cow. They found that milk of Indian cows such as Red horn, Shahiwal, Tharparkar, Rahi, Gir and Kankrej contains 98% A-2 protein. Moreover, their milk contains following important elements which makes it immensely valuable for human health:
  1. Amino-3 Fatty Acid which helps keep up fitness and vitality
  2. Cerebrosides which helps in brain development 
  3. CLA (Conjugated Lenolic Acid) which is very useful in fighting diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hearth attack
On the other hand, Jersey cow's milk was found to have less percentage of A-2 protein content and high content of A-1 type protein.  A-1 type of protein if taken for a prolonged period can cause serious diseases such as diabetes, lack of sleep, drowsiness and heart attack. It is also known to cause child death.

As a result, Jersey cow milk should be avoided as much as possible.

Next time, when you hold that glass of milk in your hand, think twice before you drink it!