DOES MILK SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNITY?
Yes, milk helps support our immune system as part of our daily diet. Milk and milk products are officially recommended as part of the daily diet globally. They contain important nutrients such as protein, calcium, vitamin B2 and B12 that have a lot of different functions in the body, all contributing to a healthy body. Protein, for example, is good for growth and development, and a building block for muscles, while vitamin B12 helps red blood cell formation. Some milk products are enriched with nutrients like vitamin A and D, which are also known to support our immune system.
DOES COW’S MILK CONTAIN HORMONES?
While there are a range of naturally occurring hormones found in milk, their levels are generally considered too low to exert any biological effects on consumers. These hormones are naturally produced by the cow. When you drink milk, these hormones are digested by enzymes in the gut and as a result, are broken down and not absorbed in their active form.
IS MILK BAD FOR THE HEART?
Nutrition is important for keeping your heart healthy. Generally speaking, too much saturated fat is not good for the health of your heart. Milk and dairy products do contain some saturated fats. However, recent studies have demonstrated that the consumption of dairy products, such as milk, yoghurt and cheese, have a neutral effect on the health of your heart and are therefore not bad for your heart.
ARE COWS INJECTED WITH ANTIBIOTICS AND GROWTH HORMONES?
The use of antibiotics to treat farm animals is heavily regulated. Growth hormones and preventive use of antibiotics are prohibited. This legislation is enforced through rigorous inspections.
CAN LACTOSE INTOLERANCE DEVELOP DURING ADULTHOOD?
People are born with the ability to digest lactose, the sugar in milk of mammals. But some children can lose this ability when they reach 6 to 8 years old, resulting in an intolerance for lactose. In some situations, lactose intolerance develops later in life. Reasons can be various, such as medication (including radiation therapy), stress, alterations in the gut microflora, bacterial or parasitic infections or a decreasing lactase enzyme activity due to ageing.
IS POWDERED MILK AS GOOD AS FRESH MILK?
Powdered milk is made through a spray drying process which removes water from milk. The nutrients remain the same in powdered milk as fresh milk. Powdered milk can be reconstituted to fresh milk with the addition of water. It is a convenient, more shelf stable alternative to fresh milk and can be useful in a range of applications.
DO OLDER PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM DRINKING MILK?
An ageing body slowly loses muscle mass and its bones get weaker as well. These are normal physiological processes. Loss of bone mass can be slowed down by physical activity, sunlight (vitamin D) and a healthy diet with adequate amounts of calcium. To counteract the natural loss of muscle mass, it is important to get enough physical activity and a good supply of the muscle building blocks – protein. Milk is a very good source of both protein and calcium.
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