Milk is an ESSENTIAL FOOD, next to vegetables, fruits, cereals, meat and eggs, being the basic product in a healthy diet.
Daily consumption of milk and milk products is indicative of a balanced diet. Studies showed that people who do not drink milk usually have excess weight problems or other health problems due to their monotonous or hyper caloric diets. Since we are born we need milk or milk products every day of our lives, because milk is a FUNCTIONAL FOOD. This means that, next to its nutrition purpose, milk contributes to maintaining and improving health.
Milk is one of the rare foods, if not the only one that includes all basic nutrients, in optimal proportions and high bioavailability, thus being effectively used by the body. In addition to balanced percentages of protein (3 to 3.5%), carbohydrates (4-5%) and fat (3.5 to 4.5%), milk contains all the minerals absolutely essential for life. If it had fibers too, we would call it the IDEAL FOOD because we could survive just by consuming milk and milk products.
Milk is a complete food and it is recommended for the daily diet of all age groups. Milk and its derivatives contain high biological value proteins, B group vitamins (vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, folic acid), vitamins A and D and all minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iodine, iron, chrome).
Discover the Milk’s Story written by Dr. Mihaela Bilic, MD, nutrition specialist.