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The Benefits of Milk

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Milk and dairy products are an important part of people’s diet. They are a good source of energy and protein, and contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

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:

  1. Milk is widely available and is already a part of many people’s diets.
  2. Milk contains a lot of calcium in a form that the body can easily absorb.
  3. 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:

  1. Help protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals
  2. Help prevent migraine headaches in those who suffer from them
  3. Help overweight adults lose weight, especially around the midsection
  4. Help prevent the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Reduce PMS symptoms during the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle
  6. Help prevent childhood obesity

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Milk also is great sources of protein and vitamins A and B12.

There are three main varieties of milk:

  1. Full-fat Milk (four percent fat or 10 grams of fat per glass)
  2. Reduced-fat Milk (two percent fat or four grams of fat per glass)
  3. 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!

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Great article. Milk's come in for a lot of criticism recently but I still believe it's an essential part of a healthy diet and have wrote a similar article at my blog to highlight this. Keep up the good work.

  2. I agree with Tom Parker. Great article. I love milk and it has so many benefits. There is also continuing to be emerging research that says it is a great recovery drink after work-outs.

    ~the GURU

  3. And it's a very refreshing drink also…

    Somehow though it has developed the stigma of being a very fattening drink which means going for the low fat which doesn't taste as good…

  4. I believe milk is a complete food in itself, but I am not into it. Does it make me unhealthy?

    I have seen so many beautiful eyes, but none as great as yours.

    Great blog site, keep up!

    Saludo!

  5. Unfortunately, most milk sold in grocery stores has been pasteurized – a process which kills healthy bacteria and enzymes. I suspect that this is a reason so many people have lactose intolerance. In fact, I used to suffer from lactose intolerance but I found a way around it. Supplementing with probiotic enzyme supplements did the trick which makes sense since it's the absence of the enzyme lactase which causes lactose intolerance in the first place.

    Sorry for the long comment!

    Kevin

  6. From what I have come to understand, dairy products impact the immune system negatively and may be the cause rather than the cure. In countries with little access to dairy and dairy products, there appears to be considerably less osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

    When we eliminated dairy, dairy products and products with milk proteins in them our health dramatically increased. (We ate a healthy diet and were very active prior to giving up milk.)

    There is an interesting paper posted on dogtorj.com that addresses the impacts of wheat and dairy on the system. Although it is written by Dogtor J, a veterinarian, it is well researched and documented. It's a good layman's introduction to the topics.

    Removing dairy had a huge impact on our health. I'm not asking you to believe me. Research it for yourself.

  7. I think milk is great. The irradiated stuff in many parts of the world isn't as tastey as milk in the US, but still is drinkable. I usually have to add some flavoring though, and I love it very cold.

  8. If you do some in depth research concerning milk, you will come up with some very disturbing information. The protein in milk raises the acidity in your blood stream leading to bone deterioration, it actually leeches calcium from your bones. Even if it is organic milk or raw milk it is still full of saturated fat and cholesterol which is not good for your body, especially not a childs body.

    Got Sick Kids?

    Cow's milk is the number one source of allergies in children, and research links consumption of dairy products, including cow's milk, to colic (stomach cramps), autism, chronic ear infections, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 1 or "juvenile-onset" diabetes), acne, obesity, constipation, mucus, and a variety of other ailments.

    Medical studies indicate that rather than preventing the disease, milk may actually increase women’s risk of getting osteoporosis. A Harvard Nurses’ Study of more than 77,000 women ages 34 to 59 found that those who consumed two or more glasses of milk per day had higher risks of broken hips and arms than those who drank one glass or less per day.(1)Consumption of excessive protein from dairy products, eggs, and meat has been linked to the formation of kidney stones and has been associated with colon cancer and liver cancer.(2,3)Studies have also found that autism and schizophrenia in children may be linked to the body’s inability to digest casein, a milk protein; symptoms of these diseases diminished or disappeared in 80 percent of the children who switched to milk-free diets.(4)

    1) D. Feskanich et al., “Milk, Dietary Calcium, and Bone Fractures in Women: A 12-Year Prospective Study,” American Journal of Public Health, 87 (1997) 992-97.

    2) Gary C. Curhan et al., “A Prospective Study of Dietary Calcium and Other Nutrients and the Risk of Symptomatic Kidney Stones,” The New England Journal of Medicine 328 (1993): 833-8.

    3) Kathleen M. Stadler, “The Diet and Cancer Connection,” Virginia Tech, Nov. 1997.

    4) “Milk Protein May Play Role in Mental Disorders,” Reuters Health, 1 Apr. 1999.

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