Dairy Trivia

Why is Milk good for health?

  • Consuming dairy products provides health benefits – especially improved bone health. Foods in the Dairy Group provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein
  • Intake of dairy products is linked to improved bone health, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • The intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built.
  • Intake of dairy products is also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and with lower blood pressure in adults.

What are the nutrients in Milk?

  • Calcium is used for building bones and teeth and in maintaining bone mass. Dairy products are the primary source of calcium in diets.
  • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Dairy products, especially yogurt, fluid milk, and soymilk (soy beverage), provide potassium.
  • Vitamin D functions in the body to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorous, thereby helping to build and maintain bones. Milk and soymilk (soy beverage) that are fortified with vitamin D are good sources of this nutrient. Other sources include vitamin D-fortified yogurt and vitamin D-fortified ready-to-eat breakfast cereals.
  • Milk products that are consumed in their low-fat or fat-free forms provide little or no solid fat.

Why is milk white in color?

If you're a child, you must have wondered about this question: Why is milk white in colour? And if you are a very possessive parent who's already fielded questions on why the sky is blue and why the grass is green, sooner or later you're going to have this one thrown at you.

The protein contained in milk is called 'Casein'. This protein is rich in Calcium and is white in colour. Milk also contains fat, which adds to the whiteness. That's why low-fat milk is less white in appearance (though you may not be able to spot the difference with the naked eye). White objects do not absorb much light - that means most of the light gets reflected. A tomato looks red because it reflects red light and absorbs the other colours of the spectrum. Milk looks white because both Casein and cream (fat) reflect light.