MILK AND PRODUCTS

Why milk is restricted for heart patients?
Milk is an animal product and contains about 4-6% of fat. Moreover being an animal product it has cholesterol in it. As we know in coronary heart cholesterol main culprit are cholesterol and Triglycerides. Which are supplied abundantly by milk. Milk contains 11mg/100ml of cholesterol. Earlier people used to consume more milk and their hard-working lifestyle use to burn their extra calories. In present times people have the sedentary lifestyle and are not able to burn their calories so milk is no help instead it leads to problems.

In spite of the high content of fat milk is a good source of calcium, potassium, protein, and vitamins. It is liked all over the country and abroad. There are two recommended way of fat removal-

1. Milk should be boiled and allowed to thaw and cream on top of it is removed and then it is refrigerated. Again it is heated and the cream is removed. With this removal very little amount of cholesterol (5mg/100ml) is left. SAAOL recommends 200ml of such milk in a whole day.
2. There are many dairies and milk corporations, which are selling skimmed milk.

Can I take Chenna/Paneer?
Chenna is a milk product. It is commonly known as Paneer. It is made out of milk by curdling it and removing the whey water. Chenna or Panneer has 25% fat in it. If 500ml of milk is curdled we get 100gm of paneer. This shows how concentrated paneer is. It is used in various delicacies mostly in north India. Sweets like Sandesh, rasogolla etc. are made out of it. Whereas heart patients are concerned they cannot take out chenna made out of whole milk. SAAOL recommends chenna made out of skimmed milk, which has very less fat around 0.1%. Instead of milk chenna tofu is the best to substitute. It is made of soya milk, which is known for its cholesterol-lowering property.