Lucerne FAQ

Questions about Milk

Many baking recipes require soured milk. Can I sour my own milk?

Yes! You can sour your own milk by adding one tablespoon of either vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of fresh milk. We do not recommend that you use any milk product that has expired or gone “off”, as the results of your baking will vary greatly.

What are the numbers printed on milk cartons for?

Besides the “Best Before” date, Agropur prints the manufacturing plant’s permit number on its cartons. The sell-by date, the filling machine ID number and, in certain cases, the time of production are also included.

Health-Related Questions

Vitamin D: Unsuspected benefits

Vitamin D is necessary to help your body absorb and use the calcium found in the foods you eat. For this reason, it plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy bones.

According to recent studies, vitamin D may also contribute to the prevention of colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes.

Research shows that a healthy diet that includes milk products may play a role in preventing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is defined as a combination of interrelated symptoms (e.g., abdominal obesity, hypertension, hypercholesteremia) that substantially increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It affects approximately one quarter of the adult population in the western world.

Calcium and Weight management

According to more than 30 scientific research studies, a diet rich in calcium could make it easier to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight. In fact, it appears that calcium could make the body use fat as an energy source more efficiently and reduce fat storage in cells. Also, it seems that milk and dairy products could achieve this more effectively than calcium supplements, which suggests that other milk ingredients, such as protein, could play an important role, perhaps by reducing appetite. This weight loss could be even more effective in people who generally have a low milk-products intake.

Questions about Allergies

Is lactose intolerance the same thing as a milk allergy?

No. Lactose intolerance is caused by a decrease in the body’s production of lactase. Lactase is an enzyme that helps you digest lactose, the natural sugar in milk. The most common symptoms are swelling, cramps and diarrhea. A milk allergy, on the other hand, is a reaction to the protein present in milk.

Questions about Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and the risk of broken bones, particularly the hips, spine and wrists. The loss of bone mass occurs without symptoms, so many people are unaware that they are at risk. According to Osteoporosis Canada, one in four women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis. At least one in eight men over 50 also have the disease. However, the disease can strike at any age.

Does milk have other benefits besides strengthening bones and teeth?

Virtually all body cells, including those of the heart, nerves and muscles, need calcium to function properly. Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones. It helps maintain a normal heartbeat and regulates blood pressure, and can also help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Calcium is important for normal blood clotting, which is essential to healing. It helps control muscle contraction and relaxation and can help prevent colon cancer in certain people. Calcium is also essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

Questions about Homogenization

What is homogenized milk?

Homogenized milk is milk that has a fat content of 3.25%. Through a mechanical in-plant treatment called homogenization, the globules of milk fat are broken down into smaller globules and evenly dispersed in the milk.

Questions about Pasteurization

What is pasteurization?

It’s a procedure that involves heating each particle in a food product until it reaches a high enough temperature for a long enough period of time to ensure the product is free of pathogenic micro-organisms.

Is pasteurization carried out on all dairy products?

Pasteurization is part of the manufacturing process and is carried out at different stages depending on the product.

On certain containers, there is the abbreviation “UHT”. What does it stand for?

Although it is carried out at different stages depending on the product, pasteurization is a step in the manufacturing process of every dairy product.