The best thing about milk …

Glowing skin! Healthy bones and teeth! Build good eyesight, muscles and lose weight (Surprised?)! De-Stress (ever heard of milk and cookies for Santa?)  Lower high blood pressure and risk of strokes. Milk is anti-ageing and gives you a beauty boost (healthy hair, reduces acne skin flare-ups! Reduce the liver’s production of cholesterol. Reduces PMS symptoms. Stop or slow osteoporosis, loss of bone mass. Protect from type 2 diabetes and colon cancer, read on…

While a 2004 National Cancer study Dairy Foods, Calcium and Colorectal Cancer: A Pooled Analysis of 10 Cohort Studies” concluded that ” Higher consumption of milk and calcium is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer”, research published in the journal Evidence-Based Nursing determined that calcium supplements specifically calcium carbonate forms (more absorbable untested forms like calcium citrate might still work) didn’t reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women.

An old wives’ tale was that milk could make acne breakouts  (associations with more fat). But … according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, certain nutrients may help reduce the severity of frequency of acne. An 8-oz. glass of 2-percent milk provides you with about 10 percent of recommended daily value, or DV, of zinc, which improved acne in some clinical trial. The serving of 2-percent milk also provides about 15 percent DV for vitamin A. Vitamin A is a milder version of the synthetic topical versions of the vitamin, known as retinoids, that are sometimes prescribed for acne. According to UMMC, consuming more vitamin A delivers some of the same pimple-fighting benefits of retinoids, including unclogging pores and lessening skin inflammation. (Source: Livestrong.com)

Oprah.com writes about the nutrition found in your daily glass of milk:

According to the National Dairy Council, milk is filled with nine essential nutrients that benefit our health:

  • Calcium: Builds healthy bones and teeth; maintains bone mass
  • Protein: Serves as a source of energy; builds/repairs muscle tissue
  • Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy
  • Vitamin D: Helps maintain bones
  • Vitamin B12: Maintains healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue
  • Vitamin A: Maintains the immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin
  • Riboflavin (B2): Converts food into energy
  • Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids

In other words, milk packs quite a punch when it comes to nutrition—and you don’t have to drink a gallon to reap the benefits, the National Dairy Council says. In fact, the council says that just one 8-ounce glass of milk provides the same amount of vitamin D you’d get from 3.5 ounces of cooked salmon, as much calcium as 2 1/4 cups of broccoli, as much potassium as a small banana, as much vitamin A as two baby carrots and as much phosphorus as a cup of kidney beans!

Read more: here

The only downside is if you are lactose-intolerant, which a lot of Asians tend to be. But in such cases, reducing the amount of milk drunk to half a cup at a time, or drinking it along with other foods, would be better than not drinking at all.

From my point of view, the best thing about milk for the busy mom is … you can serve it to your kids without no effort at all!

Sources:

Benefits of Milk Fitday.com

Milk the Facts and the Fallacies

The Benefits of Milk for Skin and 11 Beauty Benefits of Milk 

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