The Might of Milk
With such a powerful arsenal of benefits packed into its seemingly mild demeanour, milk is undoubtedly one of the most nutrient-packed beverages around. Whether you slurp it down icy cold, dunk cereal into it, or warm it up for a relaxing pre-bedtime drink, drink up now to load up on all its goodness!
Milk: Nutritional benefits
Milk is a complex, nutritious liquid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals. It contains about 88 percent water and more than 100 compounds, such as fat-soluble vitamins, protein and mineral salts. In fact, milk is known popularly as ‘an almost complete food’ because of the vast range of nutrients it contains.
- One of the major nutrients in milk
- Helps build strong bones that support and boost physical activity throughout one’s life. Substantial bone mass also helps to reduce the risk of bone fractures, which may lead to permanent disability.
- Calcium is also needed for muscle contraction and proper functioning of the nervous system, as well as for building strong and healthy teeth. A glass about 200ml serving of F&N MAGNOLIA fresh milk provides you with 240mg of calcium.
- This fat-soluble vitamin is an essential complement to calcium, as it promotes absorption of the latter and enhances bone formation.
- Deficiency of vitamin D can lead to rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, both bone softening diseases that can impair movement severely.
- The protein found in milk is often said to be of high quality, as it contains all the essential amino acids required by the body for optimum growth and development.
- Protein helps to build and repair muscle tissue and also serves as a source of energy during intensive endurance or resistance exercises.
- Inadequate intake of protein can lead to reduced intelligence, impaired ability to fight off diseases, and retarded growth.
- Milk is particularly rich in two of the B-group vitamins – vitamin B12 and B2 (or riboflavin).
- Vitamin B12 is required for the formation of healthy red blood cells and maintenance of a healthy nervous system, while riboflavin is essential to the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.