World Milk Day: Facts about milk

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Milk is a tasty and healthy drink. You can make shakes, tea, coffee, cheese, yoghurt from milk. This World Milk Day we get you some interesting (and unknown) facts about milk:

  • People started drinking milk some 10,000 years ago. Cows were first domesticated in Afghanistan and Iran for milk.
  • Milk contains vitamins A, D, and B12, and essential minerals like potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium.
  • Breast feeding is the most precious milk known to mankind.
  • The first artificial milk or milk powder arrived in mid 1800s. The baby formula feeds were invented by Henry Nestlè.
  • Louis Pasteur a 19th century French biologist is the man behind pasteurisation which makes milk bacteria free.
  • The Milky Way galaxy of which our solar system forms a part of was named so as legend says that it was formed from breast milk of Hera, the wife of Zeus, as she breast-fed Hercules.
  • You should never consume milk when you have a cold as studies say it ups mucus production. However, many of us are given the advice to have a cup of warm milk!
  • Domesticated cows produce 90 per cent of the world’s milk needs. A cow provides about 90 glasses of milk a day.
  • Beside cow and buffalo there is a wide and exotic variety of milk available, camels, yak, elephant, and horses to name a few. Vegan milk that is not from animals is often made using soy, coconut, and almond.
  • Many people develop lactose intolerance. Lactose is a form of sugar found in milk and some people cannot digest it.
  • A cup of warm milk is the best cure to insomnia.
  • Milk can fight tooth decay as it reduces the level of acidity in the mouth that combats plaque formation and reduces chance of cavities.
  • Dermatologists say high consumption of milk can cause acne and worsen it too.

So piyo glassful doodh!