How frequently should you drink milk?

Milk is known to be a good source of calcium and protein. But, how much is essential for your body?
How frequently should you drink milk?How frequently should you drink milk?
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A glass of milk is packed with healthy nutrients: calcium, protein, iodine, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins B2 and B12. While the protein helps in the growth of muscles and bones, calcium is essential for maintenance and growth of normal bones and teeth.

Derived from animal products, milk and dairy products are almost an indispensable part of the balanced diet. But, how much is too much and how much does your body need? Confused? Well, here are some answers you’re looking for.

Several health experts and nutritionists suggest three glasses of milk a day for adults. It can also be substitutes with one or more portions of low-fat yoghurt of low-fat cottage cheese.

When should you drink milk? According to several Ayurvedic beliefs, people may want to avoid it in the morning as it can be heavy to digest and also makes one lethargic. Drinking milk in the evening or night time can boost your digestive strength.

However, there are still several debates about the health benefits of milk. A 2011 review published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that drinking milk didn't reduce the risk of fractures in women.

Meanwhile, a 2014 study in The BMJ suggested that women who drink too much milk may actually have a higher fracture risk and a higher risk of death compared to those who drink less. Moreover, drinking too much milk is also associated with a higher incidence of hip fracture for women and an increased risk of death from any cause compared to those who had less than one glass per day.

Nevertheless, you need not to skip it from your diet totally. Make sure you are including some kind of dairy along with the food you consume daily unless you are lactose intolerant. In that case, try and incorporate sources like salmon, fortified OJ, and whole eggs.

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