What are Some Benefits of Milk?

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What are Some Benefits of Milk?

Post by khandairies on Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:32 pm

Due to its high fat content, milk has been given a difficult time over the years. Drinking whole milk on a regular basis isn't a healthy decision any more than eating a diet high in fat. Milk became more desirable among health-conscious people once manufacturers discovered the ability to eliminate the fat content.

The negative effects from drinking whole milk were eliminated altogether by expelling the fat. People then became interested in drinking skim milk and milk containing only 1% or 2% fat. Milk is a highly nutritious food when the fat is put aside, and the benefits of milk for one's health are numerous.

One of the great benefits of milk is that it works toward preventing osteoporosis, strokes and high blood pressure. Milk also produces a substance that reduces the liver's production of cholesterol. While fruits and vegetables have been the staple in most diets for fighting cancer, the benefits of milk can be a cancer-fighting one too. Studies have shown that most skim milk drinkers have less chance of having cancers develop in their bodies.

Milk is high in calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium helps build strong bones, but it cannot be absorbed into the bones to strengthen them without the presence of Vitamin D. In previous studies, an abundance of calcium has been proven to reduce blood pressure, and higher levels of calcium have aided in weight loss.

Milk contains a large amount of protein, which is essential for proper nutrition. Protein gives a person energy and helps them feel fuller longer, aiding in weight loss. Drinking milk on a regular basis may also help reduce the risk of kidney stones. It clears sugar substances from the mouth when drunk and works against fighting tooth decay. Milk also builds stronger teeth by remineralizing tooth enamel.

Further studies have shown that women who drink milk as teenagers and young adults have stronger bones during menopause. Milk is good for the brain, lowering the risk of strokes. Scientists have not been able to figure out why it may help in fighting off strokes, other than the many nutrients it contains might work together as a protecting shield.

To gain the fullest benefits of milk, one should make sure it is stored properly. Milk should always be bought in a carton or opaque plastic container. Translucent plastic containers allow light in, destroying valuable, nutritious content.
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