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Why is Milk Good for Us?

Wednesday, 25.04.2018

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Milk, that yummy source of goodness and nutrients is what we mammals use to feed our babies until they’re old enough to eat a different variety of food. Lots of animals can provide milk to us, but cow’s milk is quite possibly the most accessible and widely consumed milk that’s also a wholesome supplement for children as well as adults!

Remember the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’? Pairing up a glass of milk with a delicious breakfast is a healthy way to start the day! Studies have shown that there’s also a connection between breakfast and performance at school – well-fed kids are less likely to have lower attention spans, concentration levels, comprehension, memory, and learning ability. Outside of academics, well-fed kids show a decreased chance for depression, hyperactivity, and anxiety.

Milk contains a multitude of nutrients and minerals that are valuable to our bodies, and especially so for growing children!

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What Does Milk Contain?

  1. Calcium, for strong bones!

It’s a mineral that’s essential for building strong bones and teeth. Our children are constantly growing, and as a result of that, they’ll need to consume enough calcium for stronger bones to fight bone loss later in life.

Bone calcium begins to decrease in young adulthood and we gradually lose bone density as we age – women in particular. Teenage girls who don’t take in enough calcium are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, which increases the risk of fractures from weakened bones.

Our body uses 99% of its calcium to keep our bones and teeth healthy, and the rest of the calcium is used for other things such as blood clotting, muscle contraction, transmitting messages through the nerves, and the release of hormones. If we’re not getting enough calcium in our diet, our bodies will take calcium from our bones to ensure normal cell function, which can increase the risk of osteoporosis.

Other nutrients can affect calcium absorption too – without enough vitamin D, our bodies aren’t able to absorb calcium. Caffeine, alcohol, and excess sodium can decrease calcium absorption and/or increase calcium excretion from our bodies.

A Look at Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

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Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.

When you're young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, which increases your bone mass. Most people reach their peak bone mass by their early 20s. As people age, bone mass is lost faster than it's created.

The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have "in the bank" and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.

  1. Protein, for bone and muscle growth!

Protein is essential for both growing kids and adults as it helps build, maintain, and replace tissues in our bodies. Our kids will go through periods of physical and mental development, so it’s important to ensure that they’re consuming an adequate amount of proteins for their optimal growth and development!

When we eat food containing protein, the digestive juices in our stomachs and intestines go to work and break down the protein into amino acids. These amino acids are the basic units of protein and our bodies will use them to form proteins that it needs to maintain muscles, bones, blood, and body organs.

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Out of a multitude of amino acids in protein, scientists have identified 22 of them that are vital to human health. Of those 22 amino acids, our bodies can make 13 of them on its own, and the remaining 9 can be found in protein-rich foods.

Consuming a variety of protein, whether it’s animal or plant-based protein, is important for a healthy and nutritious diet. Animal foods such as meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products contain ‘complete’ protein as they have those 9 amino acids that our bodies aren’t able to produce.

Plant-based protein is considered ‘incomplete’ as they usually lack one or more of the 9 amino acids, but vegetarians can still get all the essential amino acids from a wide variety of protein-rich veggies. For example, peanuts don’t give all the essential amino acids, but if you have peanut butter with whole-grain bread, you’ll get them!

  1. Vitamins K and D

MARIGOLD HL Milk is fortified with their unique BonePlus formulation, which contains vitamins K and D that aids in calcium absorption and improves bone health.

Vitamin K is found in plants normally, and it helps to regulate blood clotting and transport calcium through our body. It’s able to reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of bone fractures due to its properties, and may also help to prevent calcification (abnormal accumulation of calcium in our body’s soft tissues) in our arteries and other soft tissues.

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Vitamin D is also known as the sunlight vitamin, as our body is able to produce it whenever we’re exposed to ultraviolet B rays from sunlight. But for people who are desk-bound and kids who are classroom-bound, there’s a chance they’re not getting enough sunlight to produce vitamin D.

Lactose Intolerance

It’s a condition in which a person lacks the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down the sugar found in milk for proper digestion. Lactose intolerance isn’t life-threatening, but it’s definitely a painful and embarrassing experience – it can lead to bloating, flatulence, or diarrhoea when consuming milk and dairy products, and in more severe cases it could hinder absorption of nutrients from other foods.

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Lactose-free milk or milk that contains less lactose would be the best option if you or your kid has lactose intolerance but still wants to enjoy the benefits and taste of milk!

A Healthier Choice: MARIGOLD HL Milk

With all that said, milk is something that’s extremely beneficial to us and our kids. If you’re looking for a healthier milk option, you can’t go wrong with MARIGOLD HL Milk. It’s great for the whole family – from kids, to teenagers, to adults. It’s widely available and contains more than enough nutrients to forge strong and healthy bodies!

There’s a reason why it’s called HL – it’s High and Low in the essential areas:

High in Calcium – it contains 82% more calcium than regular milk, which gives you and your children strong bones and teeth, in addition to protecting it against health risks!

High in Protein – it contains 52% more protein than regular milk, which helps us to build muscle and repair our body’s tissues. Protein is essential for growing kids to take in, as it’s one of the building blocks for them!

Low in Fat – it contains 79% less fat than regular milk, and it’s been endorsed by the Health Promotion Board as a Healthier Choice

Low in Lactose – it contains 77% less lactose than regular milk, and is suitable for people who are lactose intolerant as the lower amounts of lactose enables better digestion

MARIGOLD HL Milk is also fortified with 9 types of vitamins, 2 of which make up their unique BonePlus formula with Vitamins K and D that aids in calcium absorption and improves bone strength!

Be on the lookout for a makeover of their packaging that’s coming soon! They’re keeping things as fresh and cool as their milk.

 

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