Milk and dairy products are an important part of people’s diet. Milk products are a good source of energy and protein, and contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
This good chart, I’ve found in www.whfoods.com, graphically details the %DV that a serving of Milk, 2%, cow’s provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System.
A cup of cow’s milk supplies 29.7% of the daily value for calcium along with 23.2% of the DV for phosphorus. Low-fat or fat-free milk is a great source of calcium because:
- Milk is widely available and is already a part of many people’s diets.
- Milk contains a lot of calcium in a form that the body can easily absorb.
- Milk has other important nutrients that are good for bones and teeth. One especially important nutrient is vitamin D, which helps the body absorb more calcium.
6 points of calcium importance:
- Help protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals
- Help prevent migraine headaches in those who suffer from them
- Help overweight adults lose weight, especially around the midsection
- Help prevent the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Reduce PMS symptoms during the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle
- Help prevent childhood obesity
Milk also is great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12.
There are three main varieties of milk:
- Full-fat Milk (four percent fat or 10 grams of fat per glass)
- Reduced-fat Milk (two percent fat or four grams of fat per glass)
- Low-fat Milk (less than one percent fat or less than one gram of fat per glass)
If you want to be a thinner you have to choose Low-fat Milk. But if you have to be a more healthy you have to choose Full-fat Milk and drink it once a week not more often, maybe more seldom.
Milk has been used for human consumption for thousands of years. Today cow’s milk is one of the most popular animal milks consumed by humans. Around the world, people drink the milk of many other animals including camels, goats, llamas, reindeer, sheep and water buffalo. Milk comes in all varieties: whole, 2%, skim, chocolate, strawberry. There’s soy milk, rice milk, and even goat milk.
Milk allergy and intolerance
Some people have an intolerance to milk. This is called ‘lactose intolerance’. Lactose intolerance can cause symptoms such as bloating and diarrhea.
But don’t cut milk and dairy products out of your diet, or your child’s diet, without talking to your GP or a dietitian. Otherwise you or your child might not get enough of important nutrients such as calcium.
Although lactose intolerance in humans can be a problem for some people, because after weaning, humans tend to become less lactose tolerant (their ‘gut’ can no longer break it down to to adsorb it), it is NOT so for those who are predisposed to remain lactose tolerant (western racial groups) and others who continue to drink it from childhood.
There are many different opinions about beverages of milk. If it healthy? At first, people must listen to their body, if milk good for their health. As much people as much fillings as much preferences.
This article is about benefits of milk. If it’s good for you – drink milk and enjoy it, if it’s not good – drink juice and enjoy it!