Slim with skimmed milk

Slim with skimmed milk

Milk is the nectar of life. It is one of the natures near perfect food. It is provides almost all the nutrients that necessary except for iron and vitamin C. Milk intake is very crucial for good bone health, thyroid function,improves immunity etc. But the fat content in it is saturated which is not good for our heart health as it can raise our cholesterol levels.

Various brands of milk with different fat contents are available. Whole milk or full cream milk usually contains 6% fat. Toned milk contains 3% fat and double toned milk contains 1.5% fat. Some companies supply skimmed milk, which contains less than 1% fat.

The milk cream contains high quantities of cholesterol which is harmful to the heart. Normally it is advisable to use the 3% fat milk which is the most commonly used. ‘Skimming’ is removing as much fat as possible by the following method. This can be done at home if you do not want to buy skimmed milk as it is little more expensive. Heat milk on fire and bring to boil, do not switch off the fire but lower the flame and allow milk to simmer on slow fire for 10minutes. Cool, refrigerate and remove the cream after 5-6 hours. Use the previous days milk for the morning’s coffee.

Skimmed milk is excellent source of calcium and B group minerals. Curds made from skimmed milk is enjoyable and is a very good source of gut friendly bacteria and low fat cottage cheese,an excellent source of protein. Skimmed milk powder too can be used to flavour beverages. Skimmed milk can also magically decrease your waist line.

If there is enough supply of calcium in the diet then just like bank savings you will be saving calcium for future uses when its requirements are higher.

Many teenagers have given given up milk saying it is fattening and some say it is only meant for babies and small children. This could be one of the leading causes of osteoporosis and the rising dental problem as well as spine and neck problems.   

To take the barriers out of the minds and for other health benefits, now skimmed milk is fortified with Vitamins like A and D and also calcium so that people get encouraged to drink milk and benefit with better health.

Hence stay slim with skimmed milk.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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