Types of Milk

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Sprouts carries more than 20 varieties of milk. Wondering what the difference between raw milk and pasteurized milk is and if that is the same as homogenization? We’ll look at what these different milk terms mean, as well as the nutrition behind them.
From whole to organic skim, unsweetened almond to chocolate hazelnut, Sprouts has the milk for your dietary, nutritional and taste requirements.

What do these terms mean, and what are they saying about your milk?

Types of Milk


Raw milk comes from any source (cows, goats, sheep) and has not been pasteurized. Consuming the bacteria that comes naturally in raw milk can be controversial. Since raw milk is regulated at the state level, it is only available in select Sprouts locations.


When milk is pasteurized, it undergoes a process of heating the milk to a high temperature until all potential illness-causing pathogens within the milk are killed. It is estimated that more than 98% of milk sold in the U.S. is pasteurized.


Cow’s milk is made of two components: non-fat milk and cream. Homogenized milk has gone through a process that breaks apart the fat molecules, dispensing the fat evenly throughout the milk—homogenization— rather than separated with the cream floating on the top.


Many milk alternatives are available in shelf-stable Tetra Pak, also known as aseptic packaging, which means the product is preserved and maintains freshness while sealed for up to 12 months. Once it is opened, it should be consumed within 7–10 days.


Also referred to as rBGH, rBST is a synthetic protein hormone given to cattle to boost milk output. No milk sold at Sprouts contains rBST.