It is the month that the whole country reawakens to the value of milk to our bodies and finances. On the part of Dairy Development Authority (DDA), a statutory body mandated to take up the regulatory and developmental functions of the Dairy Sector in Uganda, have spent the month sending our SMS blasts reminding the country that “…remember that milk is a source of health and wealth.”
Interesting is that each doctor has their diverse opinions to this. Whereas some say that is is of great value to ones health, others object, leaving many, me inclusive, confused over which direction to take.
I visited a doctor that told me never to take any more milk as it will lead to my health deteriorating and then another told me that as i age, i need that calcium from the milk and so should take atleast a glass daily. I opt not to mention the doctors names here …
So what is the real value of milk? See what different people posted on the internet …
“Milk provides calcium to the body. This helps in keeping the bones stronger. Warm milk in night gives peaceful and dreamless sleep which will keep the mind and bosy energised when waked up next day”
“Milk, along with other dairy products like cheese and yoghurt, is a good source of calcium, which is needed to form healthy bones and teeth ~ half a litre of milk a day should give the body all the calcium it needs. Milk also contains animal protein, Vitamin E, Omega 3 essential fatty acids and important minerals including magnesium, zinc and potassium. Recent studies suggest that drinking milk in moderation can help prevent osteoparosis and heart disease. All this applies equally to full-cream, skimmed and semi-skimmed milk, although the last two are recommended as they obviously contain less fat.
However, all the benefits of drinking milk can be obtained from other sources too – leafy vegetables and some oily fish contain calcium, for example ~ and there are health concerns about overconsumption of dairy products. In particular, too much milk is associated with high cholesterol levels and weight problems.”
“Milk doesn’t contain any fat. Drinking warm milk before bed can make all your nerves and muscles relax. It can also make your hair a lot stronger. So go drink some milk!!!! “
“Stronger bones + stronger teeth because milk contains calcium which every person needs.”
“Makes your bones stronger and makes your teeth stronger too.”
“Coupling half a litre of milk a day with regular exercise/ weights has been proven to improve your immune system and build muscle.”
“It makes your skin glow”
“Milk is the only drink which gives the all vitamins as a human body is needed”
“Milk contain a lot of vitamine for the human being, so drinking milk a lot is good for the health”
“Yah… It’s ok to drink milk.but make a balance.because too much milk leads to weight problems….huhuhuhuhuh”
So, “the other side of the border” posts:
“For over 20 years of my age i have not taken milk. I don’t generally, but am been forced to do so. “
“Human adults don’t need any milk at all to remain healthy, and there are far richer sources of calcium available such as leafy green veg, pulses, nuts, seeds, oily fish, tofu…the list really does go on . So if you don’t like it, don’t drink it! I myself have never touched the stuff for this reason, not even as a child, and I’m fine… “
“Dont drink milk it is no good … bananas r better “
At the end of the day, this is what wikipedia said:
Milk is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. Early-lactation milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother’s antibodies to the baby and can reduce the risk of many diseases in the baby.
Milk derived from cattle species is an important food. It has many nutrients. The precise nutrient composition of raw milk vary by species and by a number of other factors, but it contains significant amounts of saturated fat, protein and calcium as well as vitamin C.