Milk is traditionally the perfect pairing with coffee, tea and cereal, but it’s also a staple ingredient in foods we consume in our everyday lives – from cheese, yogurt, smoothies and milkshakes to baked goods, creamy sauces, and even ice cream.
The most popular milk is produced from cows, but non-dairy milks, ranging from the already-established almond, soy, oat and coconut milk to new options like hazelnut and pea milk, are widely available to consumers. Many consumers are moving away from cow milk, whether for health or ethical reasons.
The buffalo cow, a relative of cattle, is also a source of meat and dairy. Buffalo dairy products are a staple in many cultural cuisines from India to Italy, its rich and dense structure is most famously ideal for making mozzarella cheese.
But in the mass market, buffalo milk remains relatively under-appreciated as an alternative to cow milk. Especially with stiff competition from plant-based milks increasing over the past decade.
Despite their popularity, plant-based milks differ from cow milk in texture, flavor and consistency. If you are a milk consumer open to trying other animal dairy, then buffalo milk might be the right choice for you.
The benefits of buffalo milk
1. Boosting Protein Intake
Some of the most popular plant-based milks, like almond milk and coconut milk, lack protein in comparison to animal dairy. Buffalo milk contains all the essential amino acids, which provides high quality protein.
Additionally, one cup of buffalo milk provides slightly more protein than the same amount of cow milk. Protein is an essential macronutrient, its benefits include maintaining lean muscles, strengthening bones and boosting metabolism.
2. Highly Nutritious
Overall, buffalo milk has an impressive nutritional profile. Studies show that buffalo milk has an optimal ratio of fat and protein. Adding buffalo milk to your diet is an easy way to receive more nutrients that benefit your health.
Buffalo milk also contains less cholesterol and more calcium and potassium than cow milk. These minerals are essential for bone development and reducing the risk of heart disease.
3. Neutral Flavor
Some milks like almond milk, goat milk and coconut milk have a recognizable taste and smell, which can be overpowering when combined with other flavors in a beverage or dish.
Buffalo milk is a good cow milk substitute due to its neutral flavor, so you can add it to your workout smoothie or breakfast cereal bowl. Because it’s more mild than goat milk, it’s easier to consume alone without adding sweeteners or spices.
4. Creamy Texture
Nut milk producers notoriously have a difficult time replicating the creaminess and richness of dairy milk. Buffalo milk is a better substitute as it contains more fat. The thick density of buffalo milk makes it perfect in smoothies and baked goods, so you don’t have to sacrifice creaminess in your beverages.
Buying Buffalo Milk
Egypt is one of the world’s top producers of buffalo milk, so there is no shortage of fresh buffalo milk in the dairy aisle of local supermarkets. There are different Egyptian brands in the market selling high quality, fresh buffalo milk. Although buying buffalo milk is more expensive than cow milk, it can be a great way to support local companies and the Egyptian farming industry.
While non-dairy milks have been all the rage this decade, if you’re looking for nutritious milk or just miss the creaminess of cow milk, consider adding buffalo milk to your shopping list for your next trip to the supermarket.