Today is World Milk Day, something worthy of celebration of sorts, especially for those within the dairy sector.
To celebrate this noble holiday, we have a list of all of the benefits of our beloved milk, just as a reminder to those who may look to seek alternatives. The day was first founded in 2001, with the aim of celebrating the important contributions of the dairy sector to nutrition, economic development, sustainability and the livelihoods of people.
The Good -
The National Dairy Council note that milk is cram-packed full of nutrients, including nine pretty important ones. These Include: Calcium, Vitamins A, B12 and D. Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorus and protein.
- Calcium: Vital for bone function and formation. Calcium helps build up healthy bones and teeth, whilst also maintaining bone mass.
- Vitamin A: This is important for the immune system. It helps ensure it is operating efficiently, whilst also presenting benefits for eyesight and skin. The antioxidant potential of milk eliminates, free radicals, which are a dangerous by-product of cellular metabolism and partially to blame for early aging of skin.
- Vitamin B12: Excellent for the health of red blood cells and nerve tissues.
- Vitamin D: This is another one which is vital for bone health. It ensures the maintenance of bone health and strength.
- Riboflavin (B2): This is what enables us to convert foods into energies. Without this, eating would be pretty pointless.
- Niacin: This enables the metabolization of fatty acids and sugars found in the body.
- Phosphorus: Another nutrient which ensures bone strength. Not only this, but it also helps generate energy for the body.
- Potassium: Vital for keeping blood pressure at healthy levels.
- Protein: For the avid gym-goer or work-obsessed farmer, protein serves as a vital energy source, while it also allows for the building of muscle. Proteins also help repair damaged muscles.
- Other benefits: Milk is also excellent for heart health. This is due to calcium found in the milk, whilst magnesium and potassium also allow for improved heart health and function. Milk also is good for rehydrating the body and can also reduce the overall acidity in your body. Recent studies have also suggested that a daily intake of milk will help improve symptoms of those suffering from colon cancer and even extend their lives! Milk also contains healthy levels of Selenium and healthy fatty acids. Other recent studies have meanwhile linked regular milk consumption to the prevention of weight gain, though components found in milk are linked to both weight gain and loss.
Festivities for World Milk Day will take place in over 80 countries around the world, with 588 events in total! You don’t have to drink carton-upon-carton in order to witness the benefits of milk consumption, in fact, that is not advised. So, why not raise a glass and toast the milk industry on what is a day of celebration!