“How much Calcium do you get Everyday?”

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We all know that milk is great for growing kids as it contains plenty of protein, calcium, vitamin and minerals. And it is also great for adults as it is a rich source of calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients help build and maintain strong bones.

Our bones store calcium. When we do not get enough calcium from our daily meals, our body uses the calcium that is stored in our bones. Unfortunately, our bones start to lose calcium at a much greater rate when we reach our thirties. This causes our bones to weaken, thus increasing the risk of getting osteoporosis. By drinking milk regularly, we supply our body with the calcium it needs, therefore reducing the amount of calcium removed from our bones.

How much daily Calcium does your body need to maintain bone health?

Calcium Level Requirement To Take Note :
19 to 50 years old 1,000mg a day (male and female)
51 to 70 years old 1,200mg a day (female) and 1,000mg a  day (male)
70 years above 1,200mg a day ( male and female)

How much Calcium do you get every day? Is it enough?

To get 100 percent daily Calcium requirements :

Fried chicken x 71 pieces
Anchovies x 690 pieces
Minced beef x 28 cups
White bread x 91 pieces
Cheese x 11 slices
Soy bean milk x 20 cups
Soy bean curd x 6 pieces
Rice x 200 bowls
Fresh goat milk x 4 glasses

We lose calcium everyday. But, because we can’t see, or feel the damage being done to our bones, people often start taking preventive measures once it is already too late. Every day our bones are going through a natural process of breaking down and rebuilding. For that rebuilding we need Calcium.

In addition, our bodies are losing Calcium on a daily basis through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and in other ways. As our bodies cannot produce Calcium, therefore it is vital to get adequate Calcium from the food we eat to protect our bone strength like milk, yogurt, cheese, certain green vegetables, bean curd,whole canned mackerel, canned sardines and salmon with soft edible bones. Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna are also good food sources of vitamin D.

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Are you giving your Kids what they need to stay Healthy?

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From the age of 4 to 12 years old, kids are learning actively. They love to explore things around their environment. Therefore, they will need to have sufficient nutrients to support their rapid growth. Giving them goat milk helps support the 10 signs of good nutrition, which leads to a healthier child.

10 Signs of good nutrition

  1. Right Weight For Their Height – Being overweight or underweight is not good for your kids. Give them a balanced diet for optimum growth.
  2. Clear Skin – Apart from Vitamin C, Vitamin A which is found in milk is important to maintain healthy skin.
  3. Good Muscle Development – Having sufficient exercise and nutrition encourage good muscle development, which enables kids to be stronger as they get more active.
  4. Good Eyesight – Good nutrition and good habits help maintain good eyesight. Ensure that your kids keep a good distance from the screen when watching television.
  5. Strong Bones and Teeth – Goat milk contains calcium and Vitamin D, two important nutrients for building stronger bones and teeth.
  6. Shiny and Lustrous Hair – On an average, a child’s hair grows 0.6 cm a month. Good nutrition can helps the hair look healthy.
  7. Good Appetite – Be more creative in how you serve milk to whet your kid’s appetite. For example, make them milkshakes and smoothies.
  8. Good Posture – Teach your kids to sit up straight. When lifting heavy things, do not bend over. Squat and lift instead.
  9. Alert and Cheerful – Encourage your kids to play games that stimulate their thinking, like puzzles, to help them develop a sharper and more alert mind.
  10. Sound Sleep – Apart from good nutrition, sleep is essential for growth. Ensure that your kid gets 10 – 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.
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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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Certain applications may require the use of a goat milk powder with a lower fat content. Therefore skimmed goat milk powder is developed.

Skimmed goat milk powder is manufactured by spray-drying the skimmed goat milk that remains subsequent to the separation of the fat from the whole goat milk.

Skimmed goat milk powder is suitable for use in a wide variety of foods such as, for example, dairy drinks and desserts, cheese, ice-cream, infant and follow-on formulae, nutritional supplements and tablets.

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Homemade  Goat Milk Yogurt Recipe:

Yogurt is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. Fermentation of the milk sugar (lactose) produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristic tang.

Start with fresh, unpasteurized, goat milk that has been produced in a sanitary manner. Heat goat milk to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. As a starter culture (good bacteria), you can either use plain yogurt or a freeze-dried culture purchased from a health or natural food store. In addition, use yogurt from a new cup and use a clean spoon to add it to the goat milk. Use l Tablespoon per quart of goat milk or if using a freeze-dried culture, follow package directions. After the culture has been added, you must incubate the goat milk at 104-108 degrees.

To do this, you can use a home yogurt maker or devise something on your own. Some people use a heating pad wrapped around a jar, put it in the oven on low, or a jar in a crock-pot. What ever you use, experiment with water and a thermometer before you actually make the yogurt to be sure you can hold the goat milk at the required temperature. Incubate for 6-8 hours depending on your taste. When done incubating, chill the yogurt before eating being careful not to agitate or move the yogurt much until it is well chilled.

Goat milk yogurt will not get as thick as cow milk yogurt. One of the main problems in manufacturing of goat milk yogurt is weak or lack of consistency in curd tension or viscosity upon agitation compared with cow milk yogurt. This is due in part to the difference in protein composition between the two milks, especially in casein contents. Use a small amount of tapioca flour or you can use whatever suits you to thicken the yogurt or enjoy a yogurt drink.

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