Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pass the Milk Please!

I love milk. I love drinking it. I love putting it in my cereal. I love putting hot coco mix in it. I love the taste, the smoothness and how well it goes with most meals.

Good thing that milk carries so many health benefits! Most diets these days say to minimize milk and dairy product intake but please do not !

Milk helps strengthen your bones and immune system as well as providing nutrients to your skin. It helps prevent hypertension, dental decay (strenghtens enamel of teeth), hydration, respiratory problems, obesity, and osteoporosis.

By drinking just one, 8oz. glass of milk we are giving our bodies a nice source of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, carbohydrates, phosphorous, magnesium, protein, zinc and riboflavin.

In fact, people who consume milk and other dairy products tend to not gain excess weight. Drinking a glass of milk after working out actually helps to burn fat! A study performed at Purdue University discovered that young, normal weight women who had approximately 1,000mg of calcium (about 1.5 pints of semi-skimmed milk) lost about 6 pounds over 2 years. That means, from drinking milk alone (no other dietary or exercise changes) these women lost weight! Think how much more weight you could lose if you combined exercise with a healthy diet that included milk!

Simply taking calcium supplements is beneficial, but actual dairy products prove more advantageous. Another study, led by Dr. Michael Zemel, observed and analyzed the diets of 32 obese adults. Through the study, he discovered that those of the adults who ate 3 servings of low-fat dairy products a day lost more than 10% of their body weight, while those who took calcium supplemts lost only 6% of their body weight.

So what are you waiting for? Drink up!


Laura R. said...

I love milk too! In fact, when I'm thirsty, I often resort to milk instead of water. Fabulous!

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