Ever since we were little, we’ve been hearing how beneficial milk is for us but most us of don’t really know what exactly it does, which is why we always find a reason to avoid having some. Look at the 5 reasons below and let’s vow on this World Milk Day to not avoid milk from now onwards.
Milk is an excellent source of calcium, is a fact that we’re all well aware of but there are so many more essential nutrients that are present in milk that might not be available in our general diet.
With essential nutrients and minerals like vitamin B12, A, D, magnesium, riboflavin, milk is also packed with hundreds of different fatty acids including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3s. CLA and omega-3 fatty acids are linked to many health benefits including a reduced risk of diabetes and heart diseases.
The nutrient content of milk can vary from the source, for example, a grass-eating cow’s milk will have higher CLA and omega-3 fatty acids.
So now when you pour a glass of milk for your child, pour one for all the adults in the family too because milk is beneficial for all ages (excluding lactose intolerants and others who can’t digest milk).
Good Source of Quality Protein
Milk is a rich source of protein, with one cup containing 8 grams. It’s a well-known fact that protein is an essential dietary component as it helps in various vital functions of the body like growth and development, cellular repair, and immune system development.
We’ve been hearing since we were little that milk is a complete food or complete protein, its because milk contains all nine types of amino acids necessary for the body to function at an optimal level.
But did you know that the two main types of proteins in milk are casein and whey protein?
If you’re reading this article, you must be very well aware of where these two proteins are being marketed to us, right?
Milk is a natural alternative to highly processed protein drinks marketed toward post-workout recovery. Several studies have demonstrated that drinking milk after a workout can decrease muscle damage, promote muscle repair, increase strength, and even decrease muscle soreness.
So after today, for those who don’t like to drink milk, make sure to have a glass post-workout for the sake of your muscles.
Improves Bone Health
Approximately 99% of the calcium we consume is stored in our bones and teeth. Now we’re well aware that milk will help us provide that much-needed calcium, but milk also contains nutrients that help in the easy absorption of this calcium by our body like Vitamin D, Vitamin K, phosphorus, and magnesium.
Adding to that, about 50% of bone volume and around one-third of bone mass is protein, and where do we find complete protein?
Studies have linked milk and dairy to a lower risk of osteoporosis and fractures, especially in older adults.
Helps in Weight Loss
Interestingly several studies have linked whole milk intake with a lower risk of obesity. Milk contains a variety of nutrients that can help in weight loss.
Milk is a rich source of protein and having a glass can give a full-feeling that could prevent overeating.
Also, many studies have linked diet rich in calcium with a lower risk of obesity.
Furthermore, the conjugated linoleic acid in milk has been studied for its ability to boost weight loss by promoting fat breakdown and inhibiting fat production.
Did you know that drinking milk can help reduce the level of stress??
Many studies show that the variety of nutrients in the milk can help reduce stress and promote the release of happy hormones.
So, today onwards after a long day of work don’t go for your beloved booze, just pour a glass of milk and relax.
Try to drink 2 glasses of milk every day and add one more thing to your healthy lifestyle. Let’s cheer with a glass of milk today.