Dairy Based Beverages
Natural, nutritious, and refreshing, dairy based beverages come in a wide variety of colors, flavors, and styles. Smoothies, muscle milk, and probiotic shots are just some examples of how health enthusiasts turn nutrition in to a fun and delectable beverage. The power of dairy lies in a few basic components found in milk: dairy protein, beneficial bacteria, and a distinct creamlike flavor.
Milk proteins are approximately 80% casein and 20% whey. Casein is a slow digesting protein that enhances muscle growth by providing a steady supply of amino acids to the body, reducing protein decay and preserving muscle. It also has stabilizing effects in solution. Whey reduces body fat by stimulating the energy intensive synthesis of proteins. It encourages the growth of lean muscle in active individuals and has minor antioxidant effects on the body. Because it has a neutral taste, whey can be added as a protein supplement with minimal impact on light beverage flavors. Whey also fairs well in a wide range of pH levels making it a versatile source of protein.
The human relies on a host of beneficial bacteria to aid in digestion and the synthesis of vitamins like vitamin K. Scientists have found that maintaining a balanced microbial profile in the gut can greatly improve digestion and the overall health of a person. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria added to promote a healthy digestive system. Probiotics have been found to allow lactose intolerant individuals to digest milk, prevent colon cancer, and confer other health benefits depending on the strain. The most popular probiotics are found naturally occurring in fermented dairy products like yogurt.
Distinct Creamy Flavor
There is nothing quite like an ice cold glass of milk. That characteristic creamy mouthfeel, flavor and texture carries over to a wide range of dairy based beverages. Dairy naturally softens flavors, colors, and textures and can be both refreshing and filling. It goes well with a number of popular flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry; and gives the beverage formulation specialist a lot of creative headroom to work with.