‘World Milk Day’ benefits and myths

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New Delhi: Milk is considered a balanced diet and is an indispensable part of our daily meal. India is the world’s largest producer of milk, and is the leading exporter of skimmed milk powder. On the occasion  of world Milk Day  here are some facts about milk and who requires how much of it on a daily basis

About World Milk Day
Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Milk Day is observed annually on June 1 since 2001. The day aims to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the milk industry..

Who needs how much milk

  • At the age of 1 to 2 years children need around 900ml of milk daily for their mental growth
  • Children between 2 to 8 years of age should be given 2 cups of milk curd or paneer on a daily basis.
  • Children between 9 to 10 years of age should be given 4 cups of milk curd or paneer on a daily basis.
  • Adults should avoid taking full cream milk in fact toned milk is a better option to go with.
  • Consumption of milk more than the required amount can  cause iron deficiency.
  • Children should not be given extra milk than required because this may lead to loss of appetite.
  •  The body doesn’t absorb the calcium present in milk infact green veggies are a better source calcium.
  • 100 ml of cow milks contains 70 calories on the other hand in buffalo’s milk the calorie count is 117.
  • Cows milk has less fat content in comparision to buffalo’s milk which is highly rich in cholestrol.

Health benefits

  • Early-lactation milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother’s antibodies to its young and can reduce the risk of many diseases and contains many other nutrients including protein and lactose.
  • Because milk is produced as a food source for the young, all of its contents provide benefits for growth.
  • Recent medical evidence suggests consumption of milk is effective at promoting muscle growth.

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