Buffalo Milk vs. Cow Milk

Cow milk differs from buffalo milk in richness and composition. Buffalo milk has lower cholesterol but more calories and fat compared with cow's milk. Buffalo milk is consumed in south Asia, with India, China and Pakistan being the biggest producers.

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Buffalo Milk

Cow Milk

Properties 100% more fat content than cow's milk; preserved for longer Lower in fat than buffalo milk; preserved for less time.
Nutrition Buffalo milk is extremely rich in calcium, and is a good source of minerals like magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Cow's milk is rich in a variety of minerals, vitamins, and proteins, It is also an excellent source of calcium.
Health benefits Less cholesterol, more fat, more calories. It is good for healthy bones, dental health, cardiovascular health, and weight gain. More cholesterol, less fat, fewer calories. It is beneficial for healthy bones, dental health, reducing obesity in children, protection from thyroid problems, and cardiovascular health.
Uses Produces thick and creamy dairy products suitable for the manufacture of traditional milk products like yogurt and cottage cheese (called "paneer" in South Asia), as well as indigenous milk products like khoa and ghee. Dairy products: curds, sweets, cheese – but less thick and creamy
Top consumers and producers Buffalo milk is popular in South Asia (India, Pakistan) and Italy. Cow's milk is consumed all over the world, including regions that also consume buffalo milk.

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A man milking a buffalo. Screen capture from this video.
A man milking a buffalo. Screen capture from this video.

A cow produces around 15 to 20 liters of milk, whereas a buffalo yields anywhere between 7 to 11 liters of milk per day.

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Buffalo milk contains higher total solids than cow milk, which makes it thicker. Buffalo milk has 100% more fat content than cow's milk, which makes it creamier and thicker. Due to high peroxidase activity (family of enzymes that are a catalyst for reactions), buffalo milk can be preserved naturally for a longer period. Buffalo milk contains more calcium, a better calcium to phosphorous ratio and less sodium and potassium which makes it a better nutritional supplement for infants. Cow’s milk is extremely rich in iodine. It has good amount of minerals like Calcium and Phosphorus.

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India followed by Pakistan is the top producer of buffalo milk. China and Italy follow. India is the top producer and consumer of cow and buffalo milk. Western countries consume mostly cow's milk.

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Higher total solids in buffalo milk also provide for more calories than cow milk (100 calories are derived from 100g of buffalo milk while 70 calories from 100g of cow milk). Buffalo milk contains less cholesterol (total cholesterol 275 mg and free cholesterol 212mg per 100 g of fat) compared to cow milk (total cholesterol 330 mg and free cholesterol 280mg per 100 g of fat) Buffalo’s milk is good for healthy bones, dental health, cardiovascular health and weight gain.

Cow’s milk is beneficial for healthy bones, dental health, obesity reduction in children, protection from thyroid and protection of heart.

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Buffalo milk produces thick and creamy dairy products suitable for the manufacture of traditional (indigenous Indian) milk products like khoa, dahi, paneer, kheer, payasam, malai, kulfi and ghee.

Cow's milk, being less creamy and thick, is better used for sweets that are chenna based products like sandesh, rasagolla, chumchum and rasamalai. Buffalo milk is used in some Western countries for the production of buffalo mozzarella cheese.

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Anonymous comments (9)

December 30, 2013, 7:12am

Good for health cow ya buffalo milk

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January 25, 2014, 3:41am

Try it , u might like it.

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January 7, 2014, 5:55pm

Milk is good for calcium

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October 25, 2012, 9:08am

let me know how cottage cheese is made (isn't it made primarily using skimmed milk, isn't rennet is used in cottage cheese making, isn't it custom to use starter culture in making cottage cheese); then I will tell you guys how Paneer is totally different from Cottage cheese.


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May 7, 2014, 9:01pm

My kids got allergy with cow milk will buffalo milk help

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January 10, 2014, 4:19pm

Great cow milk

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September 26, 2013, 12:14pm

i want to ask you some doubts i want to take buffalo curd is it digesteabe r indigestion because i am gastric patient and more fat in buffalo so buffalo curd is digested or indigestion please tell me my question please reply

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March 3, 2014, 3:05pm

Very good informative article

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August 14, 2011, 6:24pm

what will be more profitible cow or buffalo.i have 11 cow ,will it be advisable to sell the cow and get buffalo instead.thank u

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