Milk is the food all human being taste first, it is considered as nature’s most precious gift to mankind. It is one of the rarest foods which are most complete; it has protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, etc. and all the vitamins like A, B complex, E, etc. except vitamin C. In fact, the only reason behind milk production in humans and other animals is to feed their respective newborns. Their composition also differs accordingly; to meet the requirements of their offsprings.

All the animals in the initial stages need extra energy for rapid development in the body size and its various organs, so the milk contains sufficient amount of all the nutrients to meet the requirement of the body properly, but as the child grows up and starts eating other foods also, there is no further requirement of milk, so all the animals except humans simply stop having it. Now, when we the human consume milk in our later stages of life, when we are fully mature and grown-up (above 18 years), we forget to remove the extra calories from it, which lies in it in the form of fat (i.e. cholesterol) and that energy rather than going out of the body, following the rules of digestion start depositing in the body in the form of fat. This fat being of animal origin (i.e. cholesterol) has a tremendous tendency to accumulate in the arteries of the heart leading to blockages and severe heart problems.

Now the question arises should we stop having milk? The answer is dual, first of all, I believe that milk is actually for newborn babies, who cannot have anything else; milk is a wonderful complete meal for them. As we grow up we start having other foods, reducing our reliability of milk to nil. Few people argue that if we will not have milk then what will happen to our bones, from where we are going to get the calcium? What will happen to our general health which we have maintained just because of milk? For them I have a simple answer ‘please increase your diet literacy a bit’, two chapattis made with ragi flour gives more calcium than a glass of milk, a spinach soup could easily provide almost equal vitamins and minerals as milk or one or two servings of fresh fruits and salads can keep your vitamin and mineral stock up for the day, and the popular soy milk is a very suitable replacement for conventional animal milk. There is no requirement of the milk to a mature human being; he has hundreds of more options for himself. But still in case you want to have milk then definitely you have to take out all the extra energy from it which your body has no requirement i.e. all the fat.

Many people think that removing the upper layer of cream from the milk, or using double toned and skimmed milk destroys all the goodness and the benefit of the milk. This is again diet ignorance, all the goodness of the milk remains intact in it, whether we remove the layer of cream from it or we use skimmed or double toned milk. All we remove in the process is harmful extra fat from it and the useful minerals, vitamins and proteins remain it.

Standard cow milk has 3.5 % of fat in 100 ml

Full cream milk has 6 % of fat in 100 ml

Standardized milk has 4.5 % of fat in 100 ml

Toned milk has 3 % of fat in 100 ml

Double toned milk has 1.5 % of fat in 100 ml

Skimmed milk has 0.5 % of fat in 100 ml

So, according to Saaol skimmed milk is the best option if at all you have to go for the milk. But, this is also in limitation; in SAAOL we allow a maximum of 500 ml. of skimmed milk, for the prevention in the progression of coronary artery disease and to bring a reversal in it.

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