MAR­VEL­LOUS MILK

Know which milk is best for your diet and health

YOU Best Diets - - Contents - BY KIM ARENDSE

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:

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