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Benefits of drinking milk

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Drinking milk has many more benefits on body as it contains more nutrients. Milk is one of the most commonly consumed beverages by all section of the people.

 

What makes milk so special?

  • 87.5 % of Milk contains water
  • 3.9% Milk fat
  • 8.8 % Solids non fat which includes protein, lactose, minerals and acids, enzymes and vitamins
  • Proteins include caseins, whey proteins, lactalbumin and lactoglobulin.
  • The main sugar present in the milk is Lactose.
  • Enzymes include peroxidase, catalase, immunoglobulin and lipase.
  • The essential minerals present in the milk are Calcium, Phosphorous, Sodium and Potassium.
  • It also contains Vitamin A, C, and D, riboflavin, thiamine and amino acids.

Cow’s milk provides 67kilo cals of energy while buffalo milk supplies 117kilo cals of energy per 100ml.

Cow’s milk contains less fat compared to buffalo’s milk. 2/3 of the fat is saturated while 1/3 of fat is unsaturated. 

Health benefits of milk

  • Milk provides a unique balance of nutrients. It contains unique proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.
  • More milk- stronger bones, as it contains abundant calcium. Calcium also aids in muscular and circulatory function. It also prevents osteoporosis.
  • Low fat or fat free milk consumers are thinner and maintain a good overall health. It also helps in reducing weight in obese individuals.
  • Fighting cavities: protein, calcium, phosphorus content in the milk protects the tooth enamel, stimulates saliva production, and neutralizes food acids.
  • Reducing Blood pressure and diabetes- Calcium, magnesium and potassium content in milk helps to reduce the blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer: Consuming at least one glass of milk per day reduces 15% risk of developing colon type of cancer

  • Building intestinal health: Consuming milk and milk products (yogurt) helps in growth of intestinal bacteria like L. acidophilus and bifidobacteria. These bacteria reduce the diarrhea and intestinal upset that are caused by antibiotic use.

Other benefits of milk consumption

  • Milk is an excellent post exercise beverage
  • Milk helps in acidity and gastric ulcers, especially cold milk.
  • Milk with pepper and turmeric helps to fight cough, asthma and allergy
  • Milk with honey boost the immune system, to fight against infection 

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