WHAT You May Not Know About Milk

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The following  are all your question about milk answered:

Milk is important for kids, but what about adults?

As I had mentioned earlier in my previous updates that Milk is important for your nutritional well-being, no matter how old you are and what lifestyle you lead. Milk as the richest source of calcium that can be readily absorbed, as well as other important nutrients, milk should always be considered as part of one’s daily diet across all ages. For toddlers and young children, milk is essential as it provides energy and nutrients for growth and development. During the teenage years kids need plenty of calcium as bones are developing quickly, while adults need calcium and dairy products for bone maintenance.

Can drinking milk give you more energy?

Not known to many, milk contains the same amount of energy as an energy drink. This is derived mostly from carbohydrate in the form of lactose. Besides providing energy for replenishment, the high protein content in milk contributes to the building and repair of muscles, therefore, improving muscle protein balance in active individuals.

Is is true that milk makes you fat?

An average glass of whole milk contains around 10 grams of fats, and goat milk  does not contain agglutinin. As a result, the fat globules in goat milk do not cluster together, making them easier to digest. And if you consume 2 – 3 servings of milk and other dairy products everyday as recommended by nutritionists, there is no need to avoid milk in order to stay in shape. In fact, no particular food product can make one fat. Instead, it is the total calorie intake a day that counts, whereby, if you consume more calories than you burn, weight gain will result.

How can milk last without the addition of preservatives?

To improve its shelf life without preservatives, milk is heat treated in various processing techniques that also kill harmful bacteria. The result is different types of milk like UHT, Pasteurized, Sterilized or Powdered Milk that can be stored for longer periods if left unopened.

What is the difference between UHT, Pasteurized, Sterilized Milk and Milk Powder?

The difference is in the way that it is processed, yet delivering all the same goodness of milk. How you choose depends on your preference for convenience, taste or storage choices.

UHT (Ultra High Temperature) is a process that uses temperatures no lower than 135° C to kill all bacteria in milk. This allows an unopened pack to be kept for as long as 10 months.

Pasteurized milk is processed at temperature not lower than 73° C for at least 30 seconds, followed by rapid cooling at which temperature it is stored. In goat milk, after pasteurization, it kills the pathogenic bacteria – those that make you sick, the harmless lactic acid bacteria survives, but if the goat milk is not kept cold, they multiply rapidly and cause it to turn sour. So it has to be kept refrigerated at all times – even if left unopened and its shelf life is short – approximately 4 weeks.

On the other hand, Sterilized Milk is treated with temperature of more than 100° C, and since it is packaged in bottles, additional treatment is required to ensure the sterile condition of the product. If unopened, sterilized milk can be kept for 8 months at room temperature.

Powdered Milk is manufactured by evaporating milk to dryness so that it can sustain a longer shelf life than liquid milk. It does not need to be refrigerated, due to its low moisture content.

How do I choose between Whole milk, Low fat milk and Skimmed milk?

The fat in milk is necessary for the body to develop hormones, structural components of cells and act as a transporter for vitamins. And since an average glass of whole milk contains  around 10 grams of fats, there is no real need to opt for milk with lower fat content to stay in shape. But for those who wish to limit their fat intake, they can choose skimmed milk where nearly all the fat has been removed or low fat milk which has a fat content of 1 – 2%. Generally, whole milk contains at least 3.25% of milk fat.

There is an inherent belief that chilled milk in the morning causes phlegm, how true is this?

Many people confuse the temporary, slight thickening of saliva after drinking milk with mucus. In actual fact, there is no scientific research that shows milk produces mucus in the airways or the throat.

Now that you have all your question about milk answered, go ahead and spread the goodness of goat milk!

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