Fairlife: Low-Carb Milk!

fairlifemilkHave you seen the commercials for the new milk called ‘Fairlife?’ If you did, you must know there are a couple of things that the commercial won’t tell you.

Number one is that Fairlife is also available in healthy whole milk instead of just the fat-reduced versions they show on TV.

Second is that the filtering process that Fairlife brags on reduces the carbohydrate in the milk. Regular whole milk is 12 grams of carbs per cup. Fairlife whole milk is 6 grams per cup.

One of the big things I’ve missed about my low-carb/ketogenic diet is that I can’t have milk because of the high carb level. There used to be a ‘Carb Countdown dairy beverage’ but first they eliminated the healthy whole milk version, and then it disappeared altogether.

I’m mystified as to why Fairlife doesn’t mention the carb factor. Is it that the government is getting more heavy-handed about its view that low-fat dieting is the only permissible kind of dieting, and Fairlife feared interference?  Or is it just that Fairlife’s part of the Coca-Cola company which sells so many high-carb soft drinks?

At any rate, Fairlife’s brought milk back into my life. In much moderation, of course. It’s so much better than the heavy-whipping-cream-plus-water that I had been using as a milk substitute.

I got my most recent bottle of Fairlife at Walmart. It was three-dollars-plus at Walmart, while it was five-dollars-plus at the local grocery chain Angeli’s.

When buying Fairlife be sure and look for the milk in the red packaging, which is the healthy whole milk. And avoid the chocolate milk! If you like chocolate milk, add your own sugar free chocolate mix.

I got on the low-carb/ketogenic diet because of the scientific studies that showed that it helps out with certain of my health problems, particularly diabetes. But as a writer, I’m also intrigued by the fact that the ketogenic diet seems to help people with Alzheimers. If it helps the brains of Alzheimer patients work better, it might help mine. And brains are important in writing. Especially if you write about zombies.

For more information on the ketogenic diet, I recommend the book Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet by Eric Westman MD and Jimmy Moore. It’s got a lot of references to research studies and quotes from a number of doctors using this science-based diet to treat many medical conditions, including, of course, weight loss. Jimmy Moore’s blog is at http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/


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