Importance of cow milk in children
While children younger to a year are not advised cow’s milk, whole cow milk can be given to children aged 1 to 2 years. This is because the fat in whole milk has shown to help in the brain development. However, depending on the child’s weight, skim milk can be preferred after the child is over 2 years. Additionally, imagine getting some important nutrients just from a glass of milk? Indeed, milk is a treasure trove of nutrients in the diet.
Nutrients contained in milk
It is known that milk is a good source of protein and calcium. Milk is the medium of vitamin D fortification too. Apart from this, milk is also a good source of vitamin B2, and vitamin B12. Among the minerals, milk provides iodine and phosphorus, important in bone-building. These are the nutrients for conventional milk.
Did you know, grass-fed cow milk (organic milk) is a rich source of conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are shown to have a positive effect on immunity, reduces inflammation, body fat, blood sugar levels, and helps build lean muscle. We are not done highlighting milk nutrition. Milk is also a rich source of phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, isoflavones which act as antioxidants.
What about lactose intolerance?
Terms such as lactose intolerance have been thrown around quite often! Well, for the uninitiated, lactose is a kind of sugar naturally present in milk. Some people can’t digest this sugar resulting in a host of discomforting symptoms. So what about children with lactose intolerance?
Yogurt or fermented milk is one of the dairy option that can be fed to children. Apart from that, the market is flooded with low-lactose or modified lactose milk. Children could be fed other milk such as soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk among others.
Although we may not realise but most of us rely heavily on milk for nutrition. Choose for organic milk varieties to derive maximum nutrition. Additionally, low fat or skimmed variants of milk can help keep the danger of weight gain away. All in all, celebrate this year’s world milk day with a glass of cold milk.