Human milk vs cow’s milk

Comparison between human and cow’s milk

Why does man like sugar so much?

Nature is wise, and it provides us, naturally, with foods that contain all the nutrients we need. Without a doubt, men are intellectual animals, since we develop speech first than walking. And the main food for our intellect is sugar, since it has been shown that neurons only feed on the sugar that circulates in our blood (neither protein, nor fat). For this reason, breast milk is rich in sugar.

On the other hand, other animals such as cow’s milk, has a composition that is very rich in protein and fat, because these animals have a lot of physical structure.

Below we present a very simple illustrative example comparing breast milk (man’s first food) and cow’s milk, and the important reason for their differences:

NutrientsComposition of cow’s milk per 100 mlComposition of human breast milk (colostrum) per 100ml
Calories (kcal)6767
Carbohydrates (g)4,8 bajo7 alto
Proteins (g)3,5 alto0,9 bajo
Fats (g)3,8 alto2 bajo

Cow’s milk is rich in protein and fat

cow and calf
Cow and calf. Cow’s milk is rich in fat and protein because this animal must grow a lot during its first year of life

The bovine is an animal that must and gain a lot of physical structure, make its bones grow thick, strong, and develop a fatty tissue that protects it from the cold. For this reason, cow’s milk is rich in protein and fat.

Cow’s milk is not especially sweet, because the animal does not need it, but structural nutrients are more suitable for this animal.

Human milk is rich in sugars

Human breast milk is especially rich in sugars and contains less fat and protein than cow’s milk.

Sweet is the first taste that man tastes

Man associates the sweet taste with the maternal taste. Instinctively, the brain always considers a sweet food to be a beneficial food.

Breast milk is the first food we taste and it is sweet. Instinctively, the brain associates this taste with well-being, affection and health
Breast milk

As explained in the sugar characteristics section, carbohydrate is mainly found naturally in plant foods (fruits, seeds or roots, always plants, because they produce it from photosynthesis). On the other hand, in the animal kingdom there are very few foods rich in sugar, specifically only two: honey and milk.

Breast milk is one of the few foods of animal origin that are rich in sugar. This detail is very interesting, because breast milk is the first food that humans consume at the time of birth. In other words, candy is an instinctively healthy flavor.

The first time we taste the sweet taste

The newborn cries, his mother caresses him and breastfeeds him. The baby then tastes the first food of his life, breast milk. Breast milk is especially rich in sugar and tastes very sweet. In addition, in these minutes, the baby’s brain has already been able to associate eating with affection, pleasure and a sweet taste.

What about the cow’s milk bottle?

When babies cannot breastfeed and are given milk from another animal, usually cow, milk has to be adapted to the baby’s needs, which is done by companies specialized in infant nutrition.

In general, cow’s milk must be diluted in water and added sugar so that it can be taken by the baby. (On the other hand, companies in the sector specialized in infant nutrition use methods so that the milk proteins are more digestive for the baby and do not cause allergies. Nutrients such as EPA, DHA and certain amino acids are also added).

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

27 September, 2021

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