Consumers and Health with Dairy

Never mind what people say about milk, the fact remains that more and more of it is being drunk every day. There are children who hate their milk, there are kids who just will not leave home without it. There are mothers who will never stop believing in the goodness of milk nutrition (“Now drink it up, right to the last drop, mind you!”), and there are new age mothers who will talk about allergy to dairy and why you need a milk free diet.

Whatever the reasons, whatever the thinking, there are a great many people all over the world who love their milk and dairy products. The strange thing is, even traditional non-milk drinking countries like China and Africa are fast getting converted to milk. We are not looking here at the rights and wrongs – the whether to or whether not to, the motivations or the meaning behind this phenomenon. We are just looking at what is – what people who love milk think about it, what dairy products mean in so many people’s lives, what health benefits they see that they are getting from dairy and dairy products.

So many of us have been brought up being told that milk is good for us. Our parents drank their milk, our grandparents did the same and we were expected to do so too if we wanted to grow and stay healthy. The calcium in whole milk we were told, was necessary for our growing bodies and bones. Today, studies have showed that this calcium also helps in diarrhea that is brought on due to infection, how milk is good in bringing down blood pressure, how it can help you maintain your weight and how milk lipids could be anti-cancer agents.

Milk is a powerhouse of protein, calcium as well as seven nutrients. With regular milk, you can, it is said, prevent diabetes, improve bone density and increase your metabolic rate which could even inhibit cardiovascular disease. Drinking the necessary amount of milk everyday is a kind of a dairy insurance and can help your body get the essential nutrients it needs.

Then there are the dairy products that have come under a lot of fire in recent years – butter, cheese, desserts made with milk. Well, generations of people have had so much of them and have been in perfectly good health – so one wonders whether anything is really as black and white as it’s made out to be.

Of course, too much of anything is bad news and that would apply to milk and milk products as well. So milk in moderation would be a good way to go.