World Milk Day is celebrated to popularise the benefits of Cow's Milk and milk products from which we gain important nutrients. World Milk Day was first established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 2001. Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet; Milk Day emphasises the importance of Milk as an important global food. The theme for the World Milk Day in the year 2017 is "Together we raise a glass to celebrate the benefits of milk for our lives". In this context let us look at the benefits of milk.

World Milk Day

Milk is an indispensable part of our daily diet. When a child is born, his first food is always mother's milk We begin drinking cow's milk when we are very young, but as we age our intake gradually decreases, because most of us think it tots up fat and a few avoid it because they believe they don't need it anymore. Start drinking milk to earn it's benefits. It is a great source of complete protein food, packed with all essential vitamins and minerals.

Milk is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. The cow's milk is about 87% water and 13% solids. The fat portion makes up the fat-soluble vitamins. The solids other than fat include proteins, carbohydrates, water soluble vitamins, and minerals. It is one of the healthiest drink loaded with nutrients making it nature's most sort out best food.  

The Health Benefits Of Milk

Strong Teeth:

Milk, the best source of calcium is most needed to make teeth strong. It also helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.  

Powerful Bones

For stronger bones and to grow taller ensure you drink milk as it helps to increase bone health and proper growth. Even adults benefit from drinking milk as it reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis.  

Muscle growth

Milk, a complete protein source helps in promoting muscle growth. It also helps to heal muscle soreness. An energy drink for all to recover after workouts and one of the best drinks to replenish fluid loss after any physical activity.  

Glowing Skin

Milk, the powerhouse of vitamin and minerals does a great job in maintaining lustrous, gentle, supple and ravishing skin. The best and simple solution is to drink milk regularly; you don-t need to gulp a tub full but at least two glasses per day.  

Stress reliever

A glass of milk can do wonders in relieving your stress, milk has a protein - lactium, which reduces the blood pressure. Potassium in milk helps to relax strained muscles. Warm milk at bed time helps you sleep better: it contains tryptophan, a neurotransmitter that is converted to serotonin that makes you sleep.  

Combats Acidity

Consuming milk and milk products helps in treating acidity. Cold milk, provides instant relief from acidity.  

Watch out

: Though milk is the perfect food, some may have an intolerance to milk (lactose intolerance). Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk. The symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, stomach pain, gas and diarrhoea. It is best to consult your healthcare provider who seem unable to digest milk. For adults, there are lactose free products available in the market such as soy milk or almond milk.  

Nutritional Value:

Milk is loaded with nutrients and people all over the globe include it as a staplefood to achieve a well-balanced diet. It is an optimal source of nutrients Protein - Muscle growth, development and repair

Phosphorous - Works in tandem with calcium for strong bones and teeth
Iodine - Healthy cognitive function
Vitamin B5 - Healthy mental performance
Potassium - Muscle function and hydration
Vitamin B2 & B12 - Reduces fatigue and increases stamina.

1 Cup of skim milk (237ml):
Calories: 86kcal, Protein: 8.4g, Carbohydrates: 11.98g & Fat: 0.44g