Who’s got milk?

After having milked a cow on Sunday, the thought of ‘milk’ has been lodged in my brain like a recurring theme that won’t disappear no matter how much you try. So tonight, as you have probably already guessed, my topic will be about “milk” and its many health benefits.

We drank milk when we were young because we were told it’s good for you. As we grow older, we substitute milk with coffee, tea or other drinks. Mostly likely, we just have milk with coffee or cereal which isn’t always enough.

How is milk good for you? It is a good source of protein and 9 essential nutrients such as calcium which are essential for keeping your bones strong. In case you have forgotten, your bones store calcium like a bank. After a certain which is now believed to be 30 (previously 35) you no longer store the calcium but use them. Daily consumption of calcium therefore is to replace the calcium you use daily. If you don’t want bone fractures easily when you get older, I recommend you keep drinking milk or other calcium rich foods like yogurt.

Another great thing about milk for those who want a healthy diet is that it keeps you feeling full. Whenever I felt hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon during my weightloss, I’d have a glass of zero-fat milk and it will instantly fill me up for a couple hours. (Note: 0% fat as you don’t need the extra calories anymore)

Not only does milk fill you up so that you don’t snack unnecessarily, milk can also keep your hair looking healthy and beautiful. How? In an article in the economist in May 2003, the American Dietetic Association say that “According to research, cow’s milk contains the ideal mix of essential nutrients for beautiful healthy hair. The proteins and lipids in milk work to strengthen hair, while the calcium promotes hair growth and aids in preventing hair loss. Milk also contains other hair-friendly nutrients like Vitamins A, B6, and biotin and potassium all ofwhich work together to keep hair soft and shiny.”

In addition according to research, the protein in milk can help build muscles , calcium and vitamin D can help decrease symptoms of PMS, as well as induce sleep for those who have trouble sleeping. It also helps prevents against cavities. The list is endless.

With all these benefits, how can you resist a glass of fresh milk? Drink milk! (0% fat please)