Milk is a nutrient-rich power-house that benefits people of all ages, from infancy to well into their golden years. Studies have shown milk to help build strong teeth and bones, manage blood pressure, aid in weight management, and can be used as a great tasting post workout recovery drink. These are some of the reasons I choose to drink milk and to give it to my family.
It is true that humans are the only mammals to drink milk after being weaned, and they are also the only ones to drink milk from other animals. The consumption of milk after weaning has been in practice for centuries. Scientists have discovered degraded fat particles that are found in milk on unearthed potshards of European farmers from as early as 4000 B.C. Since then people around the world consume the milk of not only cows, but goats, sheep, yaks, water buffalo, llamas, reindeer, horses, and camels. (PROCON.ORG) From birth, babies (if fortunate enough) are given mother’s milk. Formulas from cow’s milk with added Iron and essential fatty acids are also given to human babies to simulate mother’s milk. After their first birthday, most toddlers are given cow’s milk. A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen (2011) showed cow’s milk to positively influence the growth of children; specifically linear growth. Small children are constantly moving, and often testing boundaries while at play. One of the best ways to keep them from breaking and fracturing bones is to ensure they have plenty of calcium in their diet. Pre-teens tend to pay more attention to how they look. The calcium in milk helps give them strong healthy smiles. As teens are starting to make choices on their own it is important to have proper nutrition through the growing years. High school aged kids are playing sports. With all of the supplements available today to increase energy or muscle mass (some of them unhealthy to growing bodies) the best way to keep them in condition as well as recover from training is...
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