The Milk of Human Kindness
â€œThe HoneyBeeâ€. ‘And surely in the livestock there is a lesson for you, We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies from the midst of digested food and blood, pure milk palatable for the drinkers.’ (16-The Honeybee, 66)
With more than six billion consumers of milk and milk products around the world, milk stands as an important contributor to both the economy and to the human body. There are various sources for milk. Cattle are the primary source but other animals also play their part. Goats, sheep, water buffalo, horses, reindeers, moose, camels, donkeys, and yak are all providers of milk. These animals provide one of the most nutritionally complete foods available in the world!
As temperatures are rising, more and more people are consuming various beverages to keep themselves cool. From fruit juices to iced coffee, everything is being given importance but milk! According to the Food Guide Pyramid, it is recommended to have two to three servings of milk and dairy products daily. Milk is recommended for all age groups and provides a significant portion of daily nutrient requirements necessary for growth, development, and maintenance of the human body. It is, therefore, necessary to make milk part of our regular diet.
Milk contributes significantly to the human body through a combination of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Together, they provide many benefits mandatory for the human body to function and helps in the prevention of chronic ailments. Good bone health, smooth skin, and strong immune system are some of the benefits one derives from drinking milk regularly. Milk also prevents serious illnesses such as dental decay, dehydration, respiratory problems, obesity, osteoporosis and even forms of cancer.
Other Benefits of Milk:
A recent study in men found that those who drank the most milk had fewer heart attacks than those who had little or no milk in their diets.
Research shows people who consume milk and dairy foods are slimmer than those who do not. Studies have also shown that consumption of milk and milk products as part of a calorie-controlled diet is associated with increased weight loss, particularly form the abdomen.
There is considerable evidence to suggest that milk has a protective effect on risk of both colorectal and breast cancer with increased intakes. A recent study of 45,000 Swedish men reported that men who drank 1.5 glasses of milk per day or more, had 35% lower risk of the disease than those who had a low milk intake of less than 2 glasses per week.
So Wise Up and Drink Milk!
Posted by Aurelia Bambi