Organic Milk - benefits of milk.
Milk - have you ever stopped to think why your parents had you drinking milk from infancy till as long as they could interest you in drinking milk? Whole milk as infants and reduced fat milk as you reached toddler-hood.
Kids drink milk as a natural start to their day, and schools have to supply milk at lunch in order to be funded by the State.
Cow's Milk for Babies.
Cow's milk is not recommended for babies under 6 months. After a year, limit the amount of cow's milk to no more than 2-3 cups a day. Babies given too much other milk than breastmilk are at risk of iron-deficiency anemia, because milk blocks absorption of iron. Remember too that cow's milk for babies is always controversial, and the pediatrician should always be consulted.
Benefits of Milk
Milk is a delicious drink and a complete food for children: high in protein for muscle growth and repair and energy; calcium for bones and teeth; phosphorus for bone maintenance and energy; potassium for blood pressure maintenance; Vitamin D for absorption of calcium and bone growth; Vitamin B12 for red blood cells and nerve maintenance; Vitamin A for vision and skin and the immune system; Riboflavin (Vit. B2) which converts food into energy and Niacin for metabolising sugars and fatty acids. One 8-oz glass of milk does pack a punch.
Milk is Good for You - But
But milk also has calories, and has to be moderated to the child's age and weight. Besides, milk is filling and a full child will refuse the wide variety of other nutrient-rich foods. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends:
Ages 1-3: 2 servings a day of whole milk. After age 2, switch to reduced fat milk. But if the child is gaining too much weight, switch earlier, before age 2. Ages 4-8: 3 servings. Ages 9-18: 4 servings.
Serving Fat-free Milk for Weight-Control
One serving is one 8-oz. glass. Too much milk can be linked to childhood obesity. If there is a weight problem, give the older child fat-free milk, which has 80 calories in 8 ozs. as against 150 in whole milk, and 120 in 2%. Fat-free milk can be flavored for a better taste - whipped with strawberries or banana. How about fat-free chocolate milk, even if it has a little sugar? One teaspoon of sugar carries 15 calories. The health benefits of milk are too important to give up for a little sugar.
Milk can be substituted with yogurt or cheese if you prefer. A cup of yogurt is equivalent to a cup of milk except it might have a higher protein content without the antimicrobial properties of milk. A serving of cheese is 1.5 oz. or 6 dice-sized cubes.
Milk against Poverty and Malnutrition.
Milk is a dominant food in many developing countries and as long as milk is made available to all, it would go a long way toward reducing poverty and malnutrition in the world. India is the largest producer and consumer of milk in the world and neither imports nor exports its milk. In rural India, milk is delivered by a milkman on his bicycle with the large metal can of bulk milk sitting on the carrier behind or in front of him. The householder brings her jug to carry the milk home.
The FDA's Campaign against Raw Milk
Raw Milk? Pasteurisation of milk started in 1883, to kill most of the disease causing pathogens that raw milk collected on its journey from the udder to the consumer. Although true that raw milk has natural antimicrobial properties and vitamins that are destroyed by the heat of pasteurisation, it also was reputedly responsible for many hundreds of cases of food poisoning between 1998 and 2008, which resulted in 2 deaths. The Food and Drug Administration mandates pasteurisation of milk for human consumption, policing raw food clubs that have started up to sell raw milk to members. As a matter of fact, it has recently declared that fresh raw milk is 150 more dangerous than pasteurised milk.
Raw milk proponents say that milk from cows fed good organic grass and clover and milked hygenically should be free from disease-causing microorganisms. However, milk can come in contact with bacteria from many sources: an infected udder, the cow's skin, cow feces or dirty equipment.
The banning of raw milk sale in many States resulted in illegal cross-border trafficking of raw milk. Some states that ban the retail sale allow the sale at the farm itself; some states require customers to bring their own containers; most that allow farm sale require labeling of the milk as 'Not Pasteurised'. Whatever the law, people will drink milk of their choice nonetheless, and will go to great lengths to affirm their rights.
Why do they allow artificial Bovine Growth Hormone in Milk?
The US is the only industrialised country that has not banned the use of artificial Bovine Growth Hormone, or rBST, produced by Monsanto as Posilac. This drug increases milk production by seven to eight pounds per day over the period of each lactation. Studies have shown that this hormone, injected into the cow on the fiftieth day of its lactation cycle to slow down the death of mammary cells, goes into its milk and, ingested by humans, has been shown to be carcinogenic.
Besides its effect on humans, Posilac causes a 25% higher incidence of mastitis, a reduction in fertility and increased clinical signs of lameness, and painful injection site reactions.Because of its effects on animal health, this artificial hormone is banned by Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and all the EU countries. The EU does not import US milk products.
FDA Supports rBST in Milk. False Claims of Safety and Quality
In the States, popular outcry has resulted in a lot of stores banning rBST treated milk despite Monsanto's numerous suits against any anti rBST labelling of the milk by dairy producers. Many lawmakers in government work hand in glove with Monsanto to push rBST-treated milk to consumers. The FDA proclaims that there is no difference in the composition or quality of milk between rBST and non rBST treated cows, and that Bovine Growth Hormone is inactive when ingested by humans.
The National Dairy Council's Claims Trashed by Independent Research.
The National Dairy Council says that there is no difference in nutrients or safety between conventionally produced milk and organic milk; that it is just as pure, safe and nutritious. According to the Danish Council of Agricultural Sciences, cows fed on fresh grass, clover pasture, and grass cover silage produced milk with 50% more Vitamin E, 75% more betacarotene (Vit. A), 2-3 times more lutein and zeaxanthine and more omega-3 fatty acids.
Stores That Will Not Sell Milk with Human Growth Hormone
Walmart, Kroger and Costco have pledged not to sell rBST treated milk in its stores nationwide. Likewise Winder Farms, Greenway Farms, Safeway and Chipotle Mexican Grill (sour cream); Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's ice cream.will not use it.
Cow milk is the most commonly drunk milk, but other sorts are marketed too, for those with cow's milk allergies or lactose intolerance. Goat milk, lactose-free milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk are among them.
Drink Milk - It Is Good for You.
A surprising research finding by Professor Peter Elwood of Cardiff University says that milk reduces heart disease and stroke by 15-20%. It seems it also reduces Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and possibly bladder cancer. Another study by Dr. Brian Roy of Canada's Brosk University has published that young adults drinking milk after weight training have lost more fat and gained more muscle mass than those who drank other drinks with similar energy and macronutrients.
Milk and milk products, with all their accompanying contradictions, have been, since Biblical times and before, a profoundly important human food. Drinking milk will continue till the end of our time.