Know which milk is best for your diet and health
Take a look at the nutritional values of various types of milk and see which one best suits your lifestyle
FOR many, it’s the first thing they drink in the morning – with cereal or coffee – and the last thing they have at night, as part of a bedtime drink. In South Africa we consumed about 1,46 billion litres of white milk in 2014 – that’s a lot of milk.
And why not? It’s rich in calcium, potassium phosphorus, zinc and magnesium and has been linked to reducing symptoms of PMS and insomnia. “Recent studies show it may also protect against obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes and it is an excellent aid for muscle repair after exercise,” says Maretha Vermaak, a dietician with the Consumer Education Project of Milk SA.
But there are so many different kinds to choose from. We look at the most readily available milk and compare the nutritional information to help you decide which one suits your diet best.
OUR DAILY MILK
The SA Food Based Dietary Guidelines recommends two to three portions of dairy per day for adults and children over two years old. Serving examples of one portion: