What is non-homogenized milk?

Non-homogenized milk means the fat molecules of the milk are intact in their natural state.

Cow's milk contains an enzyme of large molecular size called xanthine oxidase (XO).  XO is normally attached to the fat globules in milk. However, when these fat globules are in their natural large-sized state prior to homogenization, they are not easily absorbed by the gut wall. After homogenization, the milk fat is easily absorbed, and the attached XO gains much greater access to the bloodstream.

Researchers have asserted that XO, after getting into the bloodstream, directly promotes hardening of the arteries by replacing a substance called plasmalogen that is normally found there.

Why are milk and yogurt so important to our diet?

Milk is one-stop shopping for nutrition. It contains nearly all the basic nutrients that a growing child needs: fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals (except iron). Milk puts all these nutrients together in a convenient blend. Realistically, children eat or drink dairy products in greater amounts and more consistently than other foods. Whole milk is a great way to get calcium in a child’s diet!

What is calcium?

Calcium is the most common mineral in the human body. About 99% of the calcium in the body is found in bones and teeth, while the other 1% is found in the blood and soft tissue. Calcium levels in the blood and fluid surrounding the cells (extracellular fluid) must be maintained within a very narrow concentration range for normal physiological functioning. The physiological functions of calcium are so vital to survival that the body will demineralize bone to maintain normal blood calcium levels when calcium intake is inadequate. Thus, adequate dietary calcium is a critical factor in maintaining a healthy skeleton.

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder in which bone strength is compromised, resulting in an increased risk of fracture. Calcium is the nutrient consistently found to be most important for attaining peak bone mass and preventing osteoporosis.

The relationship between calcium intake and blood pressure has been investigated extensively over the past two decades. This research indicates that a calcium intake at the recommended level (1,000 mg to 1,200 mg/day) may be helpful in preventing and treating moderate hypertension [high blood pressure].

Why is protein so important for our bodies?

Protein builds and repairs muscle tissue, and serves as a source of energy during high-powered endurance exercise. The protein in milk is high quality, which means it contains all of the essential amino acids, or “building blocks,” of protein. An 8-ounce glass of milk provides about 16% of the Daily Value for protein.

Why do I need Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 helps build red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to working muscles. Just one 8-ounce glass of milk provides about 13% of the Daily Value for this vitamin.

What is the difference between lactose intolerance and a milk allergy?

Individuals with lactose intolerance are unable to digest significant amounts of lactose due to an inadequate amount of the enzyme lactase. Some people with lactose intolerance may believe they are allergic to milk or milk products. A milk allergy, however, is related to the proteins in milk rather than the lactose.

Who do I call if I have a question?

At General Cochran Farm we strive to provide affordable, nutritious, organic foods to the community at a convenient location, while supporting our family at our New York farm. If you have any questions, please call George at 845 373-8395 or Holly at 845 507-2806, or e-mail generalcochranfarm@gmail.com.