I grew up on a dairy farm and my parents and brother are still farming today. Milk was a part of every meal. I can still remember my dad skimming the cream off the milk for his cereal and the first time I stayed with my aunt who ‘bought’ her milk from the store. It was so watery. Nothing like what I was use to.
Milk from animals has been consumed by humans since about 5000 BC and humans are the only animals in the world that consume milk past infancy. We have moved from just drinking it to creatively turning milk into other products such as yogurt and cheese. Yet, even after 7000 years of drinking it, milk is still very controversial: Many say we need it for bone growth but there are those who say we shouldn’t drink it as it can increase our risk for prostrate cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.
Like it or not, we need Calcium and Vitamin D because many of us will be at risk for osteoporosis as we get older. Milk is not the only way to get these, but it is one of the more convenient sources. We also know that kids who drink milk are less likely to consume sugary drinks which add no nutritional value to their diet.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating Milk Day:
- Watch what you drink. Add more water and milk to your diet as opposed to pop and other sugary drinks.
- Ensure that you are getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D especially if you don’t drink milk.
- Don’t go overboard in your consumption of milk and milk products. Most of the studies that suggest there is a link to milk and various diseases are based on very high consumption of dairy products. Normal consumption according to Health Canada’s recommendations do not show the same kind of risks.
- If you are having trouble sleeping, try a cup of warm milk. The chemicals in milk along with the warmth can help to produce that sleepy feeling.
So to honour my dad and brother, here is a little milk humour…..
Q: What did the farmer call the cow that had no milk?
A: An udder failure.
and just in case you need a little more humour….
Q: What do you call a cow that won’t give milk?
A: A milk dud!
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