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September 28, 2008

Why Milk? Got Milk?

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Got Milk? I believe this statement must sound familiar to you. Do you drink Milk? Drink it daily? If you did, you ought to be happy, meanwhile for you who is not, you need to. Milk, especially cow’s Milk, offer to you lots of benefit. Do you know what’s the different between UHT, Pasteurized and Fresh Cow Milk?

UHT and Pasteurized, these are the terms for “Milk Sterilization” process. The difference between these two processes lies on the duration and level of heat use to sterilize the Milk.

Pasteurization takes a shorter period of time before cooling the milk for storage and transportation. All pasteurized milk need to be kept in cold places. Milk goes through this process has a shorter life span before it goes bad.

UHT stands for Ultra High Temperature, this sterilization makes the milk’s life span longer than the previous process. Milk using UHT sterilization process doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Fresh Cow Milk may offer to you more benefit if you can make sure that the milk comes from Cow that is maintained in a very sanitary condition.

Although Sterillization process can kill beneficial microorganisms, but unsterilized milk can harbor harmful disease-causing bacteria such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, salmonella, diphtheria and Escherichia coli (E.Coli)

What is the benefit of drinking “Milk”?

1 cup of 250ml of 2%-fat milk contains 285 mg of calcium, which represents 22% to 29% of the daily-recommended intake of calcium for an adult, 8 grams of protein and a number of other nutrients as follow:

–    Vitamin D and K which are essential for bone health
–    Iodine which is essential for thyroid function
–    Vitamin B12 and Riboflavin which are necessary for cardiovascular health and energy production
–    Biotin and Pantothenic acid which are B vitamins important for energy production
–    Potassium and Magnesium are for cardiovascular health
–    Selenium is a cancer-preventive trace mineral
–    Thiamine is a B-vitamin important for cognitive function, especially memory
–    Conjugated linoleic acid is a beneficial fatty acid that inhibits several types of cancer in mice, it has shown to kill human skin cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer.

Studies show possible links between low-fat milk consumption and reduced risk of arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and obesity.
Overweight individuals who drink milk may benefit from decreased risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

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