Tomorrow, June 1st, 2019, is World Milk Day. The day we appreciate milk in all its rich, creamy and nutritious form. So in honour of this special occasion, let’s talk about milk:
Why should you drink milk?
Two words – calcium and vitamins. The easiest way to get your daily fill of these nutrients is by taking milk. They not only strengthen your bones and teeth but also improve the health of your hair, heart, and skin.
You’ve probably heard about just how much milk is bursting with protein and it’s true. Milk contains about 8 grams of protein per 244 grams (about one cup). It also contains nutrients like vitamin A, B12, D, calcium, carbohydrates, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium and zinc.
What kinds of milk are there?
There are a lot of milk varieties out there but let’s look at some of the most consumed varieties in Nigeria:
Milk can be processed to take various forms and texture based on the production process.
Condensed milk is a thick, super-sweet mix of milk and sugar that’s been heated to remove half of the water. By law, it’s 8 percent milk fat and 28 percent milk solids.
Evaporated milk is basically condensed milk minus the sugar. It isn’t nearly as thick as condensed milk, but it’s definitely richer than regular milk.
Dry milk a.k.a. milk powder (i.e. your cowbell, dano milk, etc.) is whole milk with the water removed. Dry milk is a cheaper alternative to regular fluid milk.
Skimmed milk is a lower calorie version of traditional milk. Unlike what many people believe, it contains the majority of nutrients of regular milk and is not “watered down”.
These are milk varieties that are different from traditional milk in the sense that they are often derived from plants as opposed to animals.
Almond milk is a nutritious, low-calorie drink that’s become very popular. It is made by grinding almonds, mixing them with water and then filtering the mixture to extract its milk.
Soybean milk is a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. Soybeans are composed of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. It is also good for those who are lactose intolerant.
This is actually just a tip of the Milk-berg, other varieties of milk include coconut milk, goat milk, rice milk, oat milk and of course human milk (we recommend you leave this to babies though).
The best part about our milk lesson is that we’ve got all these highlighted varieties in store and from a wide range of brands! What kinds of milk do you take and are any of these varieties new to you? Let us know in the comment section.