EDIT: After the recent controversy that has come to light regarding Fairlife milk, I can no longer support the product.
Every once in a while I hear about a new product. Well, not necessarily new, but new to me. Fairlife milk is one of those products. I kept hearing the name, but as a non milk drinker, I ignored it for a long time. I drink almond milk or cashew milk because regular milk doesn’t do nice things to my stomach, not to mention, for as long as I can remember I have hated milk. It’s barely tolerable in cereal, but that’s as far as it goes. Growing up, I remember arguments with my mom over drinking milk. Yuck, it has never been my things. Now, frozen, with tons of sugar and stuff added, I love it. It still doesn’t love me back.
So, Fairllife milk. I finally took a closer look when I heard it added a nice punch of protein, 13 grams in one cup of skim milk to be exact. For someone struggling to meet their protein macros, this definitely grabbed my attention.
Before looking it up, I didn’t realize what a Pandora’s box Fairliife milk is in the health community. Sheesh. The nickname given to it by detractors is Frankenmilk. Honestly, the name made me laugh, I like the humor.
What IS Fairlife Milk
By their own website, Fairlife milk is ultra filtered milk that has 50% more protein and 30% more calcium than regular milk and is lactose free. The milk is broken down into its individual components and then recombined in a specific way.
What is Ultra Filtered
In this sense, it is milk that is pasteurized at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time. During this It also removes the lactose, making Fairlife lactose free.
What is the Controversy
Fairlife milk is made by Coca-Cola. That in of itself leads to a lot of controversy and many articles claim that Coke is looking to bank on people wanting ‘healthier’ drinks, including milk. Some nutritionists claim that average people get enough protein and that extra protein is unnecessary. They also argue that although people need more calcium, they should be getting it from green leafy vegetables.
Another controversial argument, thus the nickname Frankenmilk is that the Ultra processing method removes so many of the natural sugars and vitamins in milk and then adds different enzymes back in, taking it so far from its natural state.
A third issue is that one of their taglines has been ‘from grass to glass,’ yet the cows are not grass fed. So, people feel that Coke is being intentionally deceptive in their advertising about how cows are fed and treated.
Why I choose to drink Fairlife Milk
There are two main reasons I drink Fairlife milk. One, it’s lactose free and doesn’t irritate my stomach. I still have almond milk in the house too, because Fairlife milk isn’t cheap. The second reason is that I need the protein, and that extra little bit of protein helps me reach my macros for the day. I LOVE it added into Kodiak Cakes as I talked about in this post.
I also give this to my kids on occasion, especially the chocolate milk. It’s a great option when the kids want a sweet treat, so buying these individual chocolate milk on Amazon is a great buy for our family.
Other companies embrace Fairlife milk too because Core Protein shakes contain Fairlife milk.
At the end of the day, you need to do what is best for you. Some people want to eat as close to natural as possible and Fairlife milk might not be the best option, and that’s okay. For those who want another option beyond regular milk, these new ultra pasteurized milks might be an option.
Here are several ways I use Fairlife milk in my day to day diet: Various Ways to Use Fairlife Milk