Does milk have lysine?
Ah, milk. The drink of young children and people who love adding it to their cereal (because why not?). It’s creamy, can come in a variety of flavors when you add syrup or powder to it and is the primary ingredient for ice cream.
But today we’re talking about an essential amino acid that may be present in milk: lysine. With so many myths floating around online world wide web, let’s see if the rumor that milk doesn’t have lysine really holds up.
What is Lysine?
Lysine (C6H14N2O2) is one of nine essential amino acids required by the human body that cannot be synthetically created. It has several roles within our bodies such as helping promote calcium absorption, maintenance of lean body mass and contributing to efficient energy production.
It plays a big part in enzyme production which keeps our bodily functions working properly. This means it’s vital we get enough through what we eat or supplement with.
So where can we find this all-important amino acid? Many foods contain some level or other but generally meat/cutlery, fish/eskimo roll and eggs are categorized with highest amounts %. But could dairy products also hold some at significant levels? Let’s investigate…
Does Milk Have Lysine?
Contrary to what you might read on random websites–yes! Yes, indeed!
Milk does contain lysine albeit only a moderate amount certain mug-fulls will provide slightly less than 13% DV(Daily Value)of whatever necessary measure (I.e.. Cutlery based set). Now hold tight; I know this isn’t earth-shattering news…but there’s more.
As previously stated there are multiple varieties (&) sources giving greater quantities % wise than wee drops including myriad kinds vegetable/fruit space-men & NASA scientists even study one particular bean/plant arguing superior nutritional value. However, despite these other sources and quantities milk can still contribute to daily lysine requirements.
How Much Lysine is in Milk?
Let’s dive into numbers now. As mentioned before, an ounce of milk contains approximately
1.8% of the recommended Daily Value for lysine which makes it a moderate source at best. We need around 30 milligrams per kilogram (2.2lbs) weight meaning most adults require about 2000-3000 mg/day. This indicates that we would probably have to drink several glasses or even a whole carton just to meet our daily recommendation.
Here’s another fun fact: different types of milk like soy or almond won’t yield much greater amounts either since they contain only
1%-3%. So if you’re looking for higher concentrations I recommend sticking with cutlery/meat varieties
Though let’s be real here–while drinking entire cartons/animals isn’t the optimal method, such intakes rarely take place unlessof thundering lactose intolerance resulting from disastrous intestinal mishaps. In all likelihood most adults likely integrate moderation evenly across varying protein sources ((anecdotally)milkshakes don’t count but I’m happy to be corrected…).
Can You Get Enough Lysine From Just Drinking Milk?
While it’s technically possible to get your daily dose through excessively milky intake , realistically you’ll want a balanced diet containing multiple amino acid rich foods along with supplement support . To make sure your meals include enough ensure one has adequate plant-based materials alongside meat/dairy products.
Although again worth noting how much lysine you really need depends on personal factors (^such as weight & age^), current health status and therapeutic goals^. It might also depend on how seriously affiliated someone is with Crossfit culture and gym management (#restday).
Plant Based vs. Dairy-Based Sources
As mentioned, lysine can be found in a variety of foods including soybeans/space-food which contain roughly 6% DV per ounce or pumpkin seeds with about 2.1%. So while milk may not be the optimal source for your daily dose it still has health benefits such as high calcium and vitamin D content to help maintain strong bones & teeth.
The bottom line is this: People who don’t/cannot eat animal products should opt for other sources with higher lysine levels. But those whose diets incorporate meat/dairy-dominant practices can rely on these materials along plant-based alternatives
A Recap (in list form, just because we love lists)
- Yes, milk contains lysine.
- Milk only provides moderate amounts of lysine per serving (less than 13% Daily Value).
- Drinking an excessive amount of milk to get enough lysine isn’t practical.
- It’s best to have a balanced diet composed of different amino acid-rich foods.
- Lysine supplements are also available if necessary.
So there you go folks: yes liquid dairy based media holds minute caprice that could contribute towards individual broader dietary goals but certainly ingestion exceeding rational moderation does not result in enhanced protein balance nor potency –save gallons sate cravings arising from lacto-inclinations; You now know better!