Do you know how many bones you have in your body? 206! Yes, that many and it shows how much our body is dependent on the very bones. But how can you make your bones healthier? The key to keep yourself fit as a fiddle and your bones healthier is nothing but Milk. Yes, the same milk your mom gives you every morning before going to school/college/university and you hesitate in gulping it down because you hate the smell or the taste maybe. Well, let me tell you this; milk is the only dairy source that contains more calcium than any other food product and your body needs 1000mg/day intake of calcium every day which makes it three glasses a day!
June 1, is World Milk Day which was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to highlight the importance of milk as a global food in our daily lives. Since then it is celebrated globally to emphasize the importance of milk and other dairy products as pure source of calcium for everyone. When a baby is born, the first food he/she has is milk. Milk helps in preventing micro-nutrient deficiency as well. Pakistan is one of the top four milk producing countries in the world with an annual production of 42 million tonnes. India ranks number one whereas USA stands on second place among the top milk producing countries.
Globally, biggest task for nutritionists is to raise awareness among consumers for better dairy nutrition and milk consumption. Many people, especially women and children suffer from multiple diseases just because of lack of calcium and other minerals necessary for building bones. It is important to focus and highlight the benefits of milk and dairy products in our daily lives. The number of countries participating in various awareness campaigns on World Milk Day is increasing ever year and social media has added to this cause on a massive level.
On this World Milk Day, let us spread some interesting facts about milk and add value to this global cause:
Milk is a complete food except for iron and vitamin C. It contains lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, salts, minerals like calcium and phosphorus, vitamins like A, B complex.
Drinking milk daily reduces the chances of having osteoporosis, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
Milk is the only food on which you can survive wholly because it contains all the necessary nutrients required in your body.
Milk is the most hydrating drink out there.
Finland is the top milk drinking country. People of Finland drink 95 gallons of milk/ person/year.
Milk detoxes your body. Milk has purifying properties that helps in detoxing your body.
Still don’t like milk? Then you have alternate options as well. Go for dairy products like cheese, buttermilk, yogurt, smoothies, milkshakes, pudding etc.
Or if you don’t like the smell, opt for flavored milk, you have plenty of options available, Add chocolate, strawberry, vanilla syrup or even the favorite lal sharbat – Jam-e-Shireen to your milk. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and have a glass of milk on this World Milk Day and make a habit out of it!