Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wasted Wednesday: UHT Milk Less Nutritious

Latley I've been buying organic milk if I find some on sale. I have noticed that the organic milk, at least at Jewel, is often UHT (ultra-heat treated), for longer shelf life. At first I didn't think this was a problem -- I never minded the different taste, and the kids don't notice a difference. Actually, I thought it was good because it meant I could stock up and keep it longer.

Then, I read a throwaway line in "The Omnivore's Dilemma" that mentioned UHT milk being less nutritious than regular milk. I Googled for back-up.

It's true. And why on earth would I pay more for milk that is actually less nutritious? I'm already buying hormone-free milk (Dean's and Lucerne), but I am not buying any more UHT organic milk. Not worth the money, imo.


Anonymous said...

The Nutrient Loss is not a significant one you are worrying to much :) Do more research, the reason why all milk is not produced this way, is because of a traditional but under researched american mindset. UHT milk unopened can be set on a shelf with no refrigeration, an idea that only Europeans are accustomed to. Also you cannot make cheese from UHT milk, unless you are trying to make cheese it's really no big deal. I actually like the sweeter taste from the caramelization of the sugars during the UHT process as I am sure the kids do as well. If it's the price that bothers you look for milk that has been produced with the UHT process that is not organic, they do exist :)