Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Organic Milk – A bullet-proof diet?

Milk, especially from the cows, is one of the most significant foods around the world.  Be it for direct consumption or for cheese and butter, yoghurt and cream, most of our dishes have one of these. Human have been using cows as walking larders to fulfil our nutritional needs since pre-historic times. Some of the most ancient pots found in excavations in the Sahara Desert point to a direct evidence that people in Africa were using cattle for milk more than 7000 years ago, as the chemical residues found in these containers confirm it. 
So what makes milk so special? Milk contains many nutrients that are vital for good health. 

These include –

Calcium: Essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, it is also important for blood clotting and wound healing, maintaining normal blood pressure, and muscle contractions including heartbeat.

Choline: Helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.

Vitamin D (fortified): Reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and kidney stones, while protecting against loss of muscle mass.
In addition to these, milk also provides magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins A, riboflavin, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 – each of which has an important task in enhancing and maintaining healthy mind and body.

Health benefits
  1. ·        Improves bone health
  2. ·        Reduces the risk of Blood pressure
  3. ·        Enhances heart health
  4. ·        Protects against colorectal cancer
  5. ·        Guards against depression
  6. ·        Helps in muscle building

Concerns

 Pasteurization: This process kills many bacteria and that is its rationale.  Unfortunately, it also destroys some vitamin C, vitamin E, and other vitamins, denatures or ruins some delicate proteins in the milk, and severely damages the bioavailability of the calcium in the milk.
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      Homogenization: It is done to prevent the fat in the milk from rising to the top of the container and stop it from getting separated. The method involves the milk being forced through tiny diameter tubes at extremely high pressure to break the fat globules in the milk into much smaller particles.  The process can involve extreme heat, so it is something like a second pasteurization process, which damages the milk quite severely.

Solution


Organic Milk: Being an attempt to improve the quality of milk, organic milk provides a promising solution to the issues of pasteurization and homogenization.      Moreover, with no drugs or hormones injected to the milking cattle and with no pesticides used in the production of cattle-feed, organic milk is perhaps a better product. The strict standards ensure that the herd of cow is free of various diseases like tuberculosis and brucellosis, with regular tests.  Equipment is inspected and the milk is tested frequently. Hence, the quality and quantity of the essential nutrients is also better in organic milk and milk products, making them what we can call as the ‘bullet-proof’ diet. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Why men should drink a glass of organic milk every day?

Why is milk, especially organic milk, important for adult males? This brings up several important points. Let’s consider what the deficiency of vital nutrients that milk contains, primarily calcium, can do.

Can milk fight osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is gradually becoming a major public health concern. In fact, one in five men over the age of 50 suffers a broken bone because of osteoporosis. When men start aging, a decreases in bone and muscle mass caused by hormonal changes and decreased physical activity can play a major role in health deterioration. Inadequate dietary calcium intake is also said to be the cause of some intestinal issues.
There are other ways to decrease your risk of osteoporosis. These include regular physical activity, abstinence from alcohol and cigarettes, diet low on saturated fat and salt. The other way of course is to consume milk – the better the quality of milk, the lesser the risk. Milk is also one of the best muscle foods. While 20% of milk contains protein the rest contains casein – both are high-quality proteins. Whey is known as a "fast protein" because it's quickly broken down into amino acids and absorbed into the bloodstream. That makes it a very good protein to consume after your workout.

Casein, on the other hand, is digested more slowly. So it's ideal for providing your body with a steady supply of smaller amounts of protein for a longer period of time—like between meals or while you sleep. Since milk provides both, one big glass gives your body an ideal combination of muscle-building proteins.

Milk is good but which one?

Indeed, milk for men is an ideal food. But what we need to consider here is the quality of the milk you are consuming? There have been considerable discussions regarding the unhygienic conditions in which the diary milk is processed. However, there lies an option in organic milk.  This leads to another important aspect of organic milk. Is organic milk better than the regular dairy milk?

The answer is yes, and it’s official. Research has shown that when averaged over a 12-month period, organic milk contained 62% more beneficial ‘omega-3 fatty acids’ compared to non-organic milk. Eating too many omega-6s and not balancing them with omega-3s may interfere with your blood pressure and can even disrupt reproductive functions. 

Organic milk contains 25% fewer omega-6s. In fact, the major omega-3 ALA in milk, specifically organic milk, is so favourable that switching to whole, organic milk products could do wonders in balancing the unwanted fatty acid levels in the body, the researchers note.
So, go ahead and consume your glass of organic milk. This perhaps is the best way to stay fit for your entire life.