Milk is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide. It is one of the most nutrient-dense foods, filled with a unique blend of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. It is consumed in many forms – yoghurt, yoghurt smoothies, cheese, ice cream, creams, flavoured milks, in coffee and of course as plain milk.
How much is needed?
Consuming at least 3 servings of milk or milk products per day can have a positive impact on health and disease prevention. Research has found that milk and milk products are important in the prevention of osteoporosis, they reduce cardiovascular disease, decrease incidence of colon cancer, decrease insulin resistance (diabetes) and help with weight management.
Calcium: your bones’ best friend!
Be a role model to your child so that he or she loses their fear of unknown foods. Try to eat together at table as a family as often as possible. If you yourself get enthusiastic about a delicious, colourful plate of different vegetables and your child sees how much you are enjoying your meal, he or she will become curious and readier The most abundant mineral in the human body is calcium and 99 % of the calcium is found in the bones and teeth. It is important to consume dietary sources of calcium to keep bones and teeth strong throughout the lifecycle. Furthermore, it is necessary to start consuming calcium-rich foods in early childhood, as these foods help lay the foundation for good bone and tooth development and may help prevent chronic disease faced later in life, such as osteoporosis.
There are many foods that contain calcium, but not all sources are equally absorbed by the body. Food sources of calcium include milk, milk products, almonds, spinach, broccoli, some green vegetables, and cereals. The way your body uses up calcium (bioavailability) is measured by the degree to which the amount consumed is absorbed and available to the body. This means that certain calcium-rich foods provide the body with more calcium than others. The foods with the highest bioavailability include milk and milk products.
Incorporating milk into your diet
We know that milk and milk products provide many health benefits, but how can you include them into your own diet? Enjoyable and healthful snack tips
- Add milk to your coffee and tea.
- Drink more low-fat and non-fat unflavoured and flavoured milks.
- Eat more yoghurt with your meals and snacks.
- Enjoy milk-based smoothies.
- Include moderate amounts of low-fat cheeses into your meals, and snacks.
- Add cottage cheese to your fruit for a healthy dessert or snack.
- Ice cream and frozen yoghurt contain calcium, but be aware of products that are high in fat and sugar.
- At home, freeze milk, flavoured or unflavoured, in ice trays and eat as an ice lolly.
- Instead of adding milk to your coffee, add coffee to your milk.
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