Which is better Milk; Cow’s milk or buffalo’s milk?

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Which is better Milk; Cow’s milk or buffalo’s milk?

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Cow’s Milk or buffalo’s milk? Confused? Hmmmm…

There are many negatives and positives of both the types of milk. When we talk about cow’s milk it is understood to be very lighter and buffalo milk is considered to be heavy in sense of digestion.

Now what’s behind being heavy and light? What is really making the difference in the quality of milk? When a baby is born and top feeding of milk has to be started we usually hear our elders saying that cow milk is good for baby’s digestion and it’s also lighter for the baby.

Differences

Fat content: First line of difference is the fat present in both the milk. It makes the consistency of milk differ. Cow’s milk has low % of fat in it hence it is of thin consistence and thereby called to be lighter by a layman.

Buffalo’s milk is high in fat % and is thicker than cow’s milk and hence called heavy. As we know that a fatty food takes time for digestion and absorption and it stays in the stomach for a longer time giving us a feeling of heavy stomach or stomach fullness similarly buffalo milk has high fat and hence it takes time for digestion.

So cow’s milk is recommended over buffalo’s milk especially for infants and elders.

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Buffalo milk contains cholesterol. So for many people who are suffering from diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, kidney diseases, PCOD, Obesity etc are advised to have cow’s milk.

Due to high peroxidase activity, buffalo milk can be preserved naturally for a longer period. Buffalo milk contains more calcium, better calcium: phosphorous ratio and less sodium and potassium than in cow milk which makes it a better nutritional supplement for infants.

Protein content: Proteins present in buffalo milk is higher than that of cow’s milk by approximately 11%. Buffalo milk protein is more heat resistant. Same like fats even proteins are difficult to digest for infants and older population. So even here the choice of milk is cow’s milk.

Calorie Content: 100ml of cow’s milk contains 70Kcals whereas 100ml of buffalo’s milk contains 100Kacls. It is obvious that buffalo milk has more fat and proteins so it will have more calories. So people who are on calorie restricted diet are again here advised to have cow’s milk to cut down the calorie consumption in the diet.

Water content: Cow’s milk contains less milk solids as compared to buffalo’s milk. Because of high non solid % cow’s milk is sometimes denoted as watery milk. It helps in hydrating the body. Approximately 90% of milk is water.

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Composition of milk.

Nutrient          Cow    Buffalo           Human                      

Water, g          88.0     84.0                 87.5

Energy, kcal    61.0     97.0                 70.0

Protein, g         3.2       3.7                   1.0

Fat, g               3.4       6.9                   4.4

Lactose, g        4.7      5.2                   6.9

Minerals, g      0.72     0.79                0.20

Milk is hence a very healthy food unless it’s not adulterated. It is very important to check the quality of milk before purchasing. Adulteration is done with water, starch etc. So everyone please purchase milk in packaged form or from a reputed dairy.

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Neha Kava

National Registered Dietitian at NutriChoice4u.com
Neha Kava is a National Certified Registered Dietitian in India. She likes to share her knowledge about daily health, nutritition and diet tips. You can contact her for online counselling on info@nutrichoice4u.com

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465 Responses to Which is better Milk; Cow’s milk or buffalo’s milk?

  1. khushnuma says:

    Hi Mam,
    My baby is 1 yr & 6 months old. He has calcium deficiency as some of his bones are growing more in size but overall growth of his body is not growing or very less growing. doctors are saying he has calcium deficiency. which milk is better for him cow’s or buffalo’s?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Khushnuma,
      In case of calcium deficiency why will bones grow?
      Please take second opinion.
      Where are you from?
      You can give him 500ml cow’s milk in a day.
      Also Banana, ragi, cheese, paneer are good source of calcium which you can add to his diet.

  2. Jay says:

    Among them which one is better for a boy of 17.

  3. Vedant sharma physiotherapist says:

    Mam..i am vitamin d3 n vitamin b12 deficient..which milk will be best fir me? And i feel constipated after taking toned milk of motherdairy..plz reply..

  4. naren says:

    Buffalo milk contains cholesterol. So for many people who are suffering from diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, kidney diseases, PCOD, Obesity etc are advised to have cow’s milk.

  5. Prof PB S Sarma says:

    Which one, cow or buffalo milk leads to higher cholestrol and triglycerides ? Which is good for cardiac patients?
    Bhasksr

  6. Sweta says:

    “Buffalo milk contains cholesterol. So for many people who are suffering from diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, kidney diseases, PCOD, Obesity etc are advised to have buffalo’s milk.”

    Can you please clarify this?

    • N says:

      Long answer… but…
      Commercial milk is not generally fortified with B12.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about the cholesterol in milk. If you read the cautionary warnings, Cholesterol lowering drugs are known to cause diabetes in some people, Even though milk is fortified with D3, it is important to get some exposure to sunlight every day so that the skin can manufacture its own Vitamin D.
      As for calcium absorption, be sure you are not deficient in magnesium.

      If one is a diabetic, reduce caloric intake by cutting out starchy carbs as much as possible. Walk for at least 30 min. each day. Walking improves blood circulation which improves the functioning of all the organs of the body and helps rid itself of toxins.

      Eat a variety of vegetable for nutrition, Omega 3 fats such as Krill oil. Avoid all refined and chemically extracted oils and fats.

      Eat about 40-50 g of high quality protein.
      Yogurt, kefir and a bit prebiotics will improve the type and quantity of the intestinal flora which is very important for the mitochondria which manufactures ATP, the useable fuel for the body.

      Also go organic, to reduce pesticide residue, and drink and cook using only high quality water for the same reason. Modern chemical farming and growth hormones fed to animals are a major cause of obesity which can lead to diabetes and other chronic conditions.

  7. Srikanth says:

    I’m 18 yo guy. I have to consume lot of calcium for growth.whichh milk has more calcium? Buffalo or cow

  8. Javed says:

    Hi Neha,
    Thanks for the article. As mentioned by you that milk (both cow and buffalo) is beneficial if not adulterated. Is there any way, institute which can help us to test milk ? Isn’t govt appointed bodies job to check adulteration?

    Secondly, I would have liked if you would have shared some light on whether milk quality is impacted based on animal feed, living condition, other factors like pasteurization, etc ?

  9. Prasad says:

    Neja ji, my wife has PCOS can u tell which milk will better

  10. Saloni Dhruva says:

    Hi mam I HV vitamin d3 n b12 deficiency so wch milk I intake cow milk r buffalo milk plz recommend me waiting for ur reply

  11. anand says:

    Hi mam,

    The new milk called Vio of Coca cola is from pig and cow (genetically)

  12. monisha says:

    Mam i am 6 month pregnant lady which milk i take

  13. Irshad says:

    I have heard that consuming Buffalo’s milk leads to constipation as it has more heat

  14. Ashwini says:

    Mam I have 16 month baby which milk I should take?

  15. Indira agarwal says:

    Which milk is good for remove pimple pass reply me I m waiting of ur answer…….

  16. AD says:

    “”Buffalo milk contains cholesterol. So for many people who are suffering from diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, kidney diseases, PCOD, Obesity etc are advised to have buffalo’s milk.””

    Is there a typo error, here?

    • Neha Kava says:

      In the article you mean?
      Cow’s milk is better for any diseased condition

      • Shirish says:

        “”Buffalo milk contains cholesterol. So for many people who are suffering from diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, kidney diseases, PCOD, Obesity etc are advised to have buffalo’s milk.”” is this true about buffalo milk please confirm

  17. Swati sharma says:

    Mam I have two kids (9 yrs and 3 years) ..pls suggest which milk I should take ?

  18. habeeb says:

    Hi for body building which milk is useful : reply pls

  19. Prashant says:

    Well i wonder why do hou even recommend buying packaged milk , when there are numerous reports stating harmul contents present in packaged milk. Why not buy fresh from milkman.

  20. Ajeet Kumar says:

    Why is cow milk easy to digest.

  21. Umesh says:

    It nice… and Buffalo’s milk is good

  22. AJ says:

    Hi mam, i have 2 kids(age- 7 yr n 2 yr) elder one has also started with Football Classes. Which milk is better for them- mother dairy full cream pasterised milk or mother dairy cow milk

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