The benefits of drinking fresh milk for the whole familyAugust 5, 2019
On a hot day there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold glass of fresh milk. People have been drinking fresh milk for thousands of years, with Cleopatra famously bathing in it.
You don’t have to go that far to reap the benefits from a cool glass of milk though. Drinking fresh milk regularly is a great idea for both children and adults, as it can support a whole range of functions within the body.
Build strong bones
As children grow, it’s important to support their developing bones with a good source of calcium. Calcium forms the building blocks of good strong bones, and fresh milk is a great way to get this naturally in a child’s diet.
The benefits of milk don’t end in childhood either. Adults can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, later in life by drinking fresh milk. How well it is absorbed into the body depends on the levels of Vitamin D present – all the more reason to enjoy the sunshine with a nice cold glass of fresh milk! Just one glass can contain up to 28% of an adult’s recommended daily allowance of calcium.
Because it is so high in calcium, drinking milk is also a great way to keep your teeth healthy too. 99% of the body’s calcium is stored in bones and teeth, so if you want to maintain a healthy smile, drinking fresh milk is a much better choice than sugary or fizzy drinks.
Prevent childhood obesity
With the rise in childhood obesity in recent years, drinking fresh milk instead of artificially sweetened drinks is a great way to reduce the amount of sugar in a child’s diet. Many children now have to have teeth extracted before they even reach puberty as a result of decay caused by too much sugar and poor hygiene. As sugar is highly addictive, the fewer sugary drinks you give your child, the better. Fresh milk is a great alternative.
A great way to add fresh fruit in a child’s diet is blending up ice cold milk with a banana to make a fresh milkshake is a great treat with no added sugar. Fresh milk is a versatile ingredient, and much cheaper than overly processed and artificial alternatives.
Promote good sleep
As well as being jam packed full of useful nutrients, drinking milk can also become a much loved part of a child’s bedtime routine. A warm glass of fresh milk can help the body begin to wind down, and prepare for a good night’s sleep, which is also vitally important for children’s growing bodies – and adults too! Warm fresh milk has a calming effect, and as part of a regular routine can act as a cue to the body to relax.
Prevent weight gain
Studies have shown that drinking milk can lower the risk of obesity in adults, and even help prevent weight gain. Milk is a protein rich substance, which helps to prolong the feeling of being full for longer. When you feel full, you’re much less likely to overeat, which is exactly what you want to avoid when watching your weight.
Milk also contains a compound called linoleac acid, which is thought to contribute to breaking down fat cells in the body, and inhibiting fat production.
For the gym-goers
Of course, for anyone serious about losing weight, regular exercise is important. Many athletes choose to drink fresh milk after exercising, as the combination of protein and nutrients is a great way to replace the lost fluids after a workout.
The protein found in milk is also very important for building muscle. One cup of fresh milk contains around 8g of protein, and it’s not just your muscles which will benefit. Protein is important for a healthy immune system, cell repair and normal growth. There’s two main types of protein found in fresh milk – casein and whey protein, both of which have been shown to promote muscle repair after a workout.
As a natural product, drink, milk really is a super-drink when it comes to the nutrients it contains. As well as calcium, a glass of fresh fresh milk contains Vitamin D, Potassium, Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Vitamin B12, Selenium and Phosphorus. It also contains many fatty acids like omega-3, which have been linked to reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
It’s not just health…
Whilst the health benefits of drinking milk are many and varied, that’s not the only reason to reach for a glass next time you fancy a drink. Fresh milk is such a versatile ingredient that can be used for the whole household, so it’s worth always having a pint or two in the fridge.
Whether its poured cold over cereal at breakfast, adding a creamy punch of flavour when stirred into soup for lunch, making macaroni cheese or just a dash in your afternoon cup of tea, there’s so many ways that milk can be enjoyed by all the family.
Fresh Milk Delivered to your door
The beauty of milk is that you don’t even have to step outside your house to keep stocked up. Here at McQueens Dairies we offer a milk delivery service, so you can have your milk delivered fresh to your doorstep every morning.
Whilst recent years have seen a decline in the number of households taking up this service, numbers are on the rise again. With programmes like Blue Planet highlighting the amount of plastic in the oceans, Consumers are focusing on reducing single use plastics. This means that the original reusable, recyclable glass milk bottles are a more attractive choice than the plastic cartons sold in supermarkets.
Milk has been around as part of our diet for so long for good reason! It’s versatile, good for us, and tastes delicious. So next time you’re reaching into the fridge, don’t overlook it! Promoting great health benefits for both children and adults, it’s the obvious choice for anyone looking for a convenient, healthy and great tasting drink.
You can choose to have your milk delivered once or twice per week in our online shop