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Cow milk's flavor can be damaged by exposure to light
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
13:47:29 GMT


I wish milk was sold in glass containers inside opaque cardboard boxes instead of in plastic jugs of any opacity. It probably would be healthier and might more reliably taste fine.

Another reason I dislike plastic (other than plastic exposing milk to too much light) is because plastic might have negative health effects.


Here are some pages about the fact that milk's flavor can be damaged by exposure to light:

What effect, if any, does light have on milk?
(July 14, 2009 from ShelfLifeAdvice.com

Quote:

"Milk can develop off-flavors after just a few minutes in direct sunlight or two hours of exposure to strong fluorescent light"


Consumers sour on milk exposed to LED light
(June 8, 2016, from news.cornell.edu)


It's so frustrating to never know for sure if the next jug of milk I get is going to taste drinkable to me.

I've encountered this problem for many years. Certain brands of milk are reliably terrible and undrinkable to me, and the brand I usually like is only drinkable maybe 85% of the time. And I recently got two jugs in a row which tasted undrinkably bad, even though I always strive to get milk from the back of the shelf, where hopefully it hasn't been exposed to as much light.


But I seem to be especially sensitive. I was never able to tolerate undiluted coffee because of its bitterness, and I've never been able to eat grapefruits or drink grapefruit juice because they taste like vomit to me.

To my frequent surprise and dismay, usually the people I live with can't taste any problem with the milk, so they often volunteer to drink the ones I can't drink. Though on rare occasions, the problem is bad enough they can taste it too.


I already tried one brand of organic cow's milk in a cardboard carton, but somehow that tasted ghastly and undrinkable to me too, though I'm not sure what caused that.

Perhaps I should just try harder to be more vegetarian, and quit my cow milk addiction.

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