Simple Ways to Make Your Child Drink That Glass of Milk

One of the major issues faced by parents is making their kid finish the glass of milk. The staggering numbers of parents facing the same problem across the globe are confounding. Most parents wonder why their kid doesn’t like milk even though, as an infant, she would love to feed on breast milk. The reason is the massive difference of taste between mother’s milk and cow’s / buffalo’s / formula milk. It is a primary task to get your kid to fall in love with milk options other than the mother’s milk.

Milk is vital in the kid’s diet during their growing years and hence, it becomes imperative to add milk to the child’s diet. Milk provides calcium which is an essential nutrient for bone health during the growing years.

Here are some tips that will help you make your kid – if not fall in love then at least finish up the glass of milk:

Introduce Dairy Products in Diet

The easiest way to make your child love milk is introducing them to dairy products like cheese, ghee, yoghurt and paneer. You can add flavours to these products which will help the kid in developing a taste for them and then gradually you can get them to trying milk.

Milkshakes

Milkshakes are a boon for mothers. Blend in some fruits with a glass of milk and voila you have the perfect recipe for your kid. Milkshakes have the goodness of milk and fruits making it an ideal choice of drink for your child.

Flavoured Milk

Adding flavours to a glass of plain milk is the simplest way of making the milk delicious for your little one’s taste buds. You can experiment with a range of flavours like rose, almond, Kesar, chocolate et al.

Tackling the smell of milk

More often than not, when asked, children say that it is the smell of milk that they don’t like. You can address this issue by adding a little vanilla essence or dry fruit powder.

Introduce Milk Supplements

If you are a mother, you cannot be more thankful for the range of milk supplements available in the market today. These supplements are available in a variety of flavours which makes milk irresistible not only for kids but also for elders!

Buy cute cups and tumblers

This might sound a bit weird, but it is a tried and tested formula when it comes to making toddlers drink something new and different. The cute cups and tumblers attract the kids and distract their attention from what they are consuming. You might end up having a kid who would drink milk only in her favourite mug!

Hot or Cold Milk

The temperature of the liquid plays an important role. Some kids don’t like it cold, and some can’t resist a hot cup of milk no matter what day of the year it is. Try and find out whether your kid likes it hot or cold.

 Reward your kid

Rewarding is the best practice to inculcate good habits in your kids. Every day reward your kid with something for finishing that glass of milk. These rewards can be small little things like an extra hour of play time or TV watching.

 Make it a fun activity

Forcing kids to drink milk will only make them rebel more. Instead of compelling them to drink milk; make it a fun event for them. Sit down with them and have a little competition like who gets a bigger moustache or who finishes the milk first.

 Milk Popsicles

During summers you can prepare milk popsicles for the kids. It is the most fun way of making the kids have a glass of milk every day.

Drink Milk Yourself

Kids follow their parents’ example. If they see you drinking milk every day the chances are high that they will inculcate this habit in their dietary routine without a fuss.

You can try and include milk in your child’s diet through these tips and tricks but the most critical factor to remember is never to force them. Forcing kids to do something and not just drink milk can have adverse effects on their psyche. Make everything fun and games for your kids!

8 Myths You Always Believed About Milk (But You Should Not)

Milk has been an integral part of the dietary intake in the Indian culture and being the first thing that a baby consumes after birth – why shouldn’t it be? However, there are many myths surrounding the intake of milk. Some people believe it to be a complete meal to meet the daily nutrition requirement while some believe that milk alone isn’t sufficient or is bad for your health. Whom to believe?

Here, we have debunked some of the common myths surrounding milk intake:

Myth: Milk is the best source of calcium.

Fact: Milk is a rich source of calcium but it certainly isn’t the only sufficient. In order to meet the daily calcium requirement in kids and adults, you cannot simply rely on milk. You would need to add other calcium-rich sources of food to meet the optimum calcium requirement for each meal.

Myth: There’s no limit to the quantity of milk consumption

Fact: Infants and toddlers meet their basic nutrient requirement from milk as it is the only thing that they consume until they start weaning. But after the age of 4, 2-2.5 cups of milk a day is more than sufficient. Excess consumption of milk can be dysenteric in some cases.

Myth: Milk is difficult to digest and causes bloating

Fact: This is not entirely wrong. People who are intolerant to lactose can find it difficult to digest milk. Indigestion further leads to bloating and other digestive issues. Lactose intolerance can set in at any age. Some people can be intolerant to lactose since their beginning years and in some cases, it is developed at a later age.

Myth: Raw milk is nutritious than boiled milk

Fact: No, it is not. Boiling doesn’t take away the nutrients from the milk. In fact, it is better to boil the milk obtained from a local milkman as it can be contaminated. Boiling, in this case, helps in killing the harmful bacteria present in the raw milk.

Myth: Milk is a meal in itself

Fact: Milk is rich in nutrients, but it cannot replace a meal. Milk can be consumed along with a meal. A glass of milk won’t be as filling as a complete meal. It will leave you hungry causing hunger pangs in a short period of time. The body needs other nutrients and minerals to meet its requirements and all of them are not found in milk. Don’t substitute a meal with milk or it can cause nutrition deficiency in the body in the long run.

Myth: Starting the day with a glass of milk is the best thing

Fact: Consuming milk the first thing in the morning can be troublesome for people who suffer from gastric and other digestive issues. Drinking milk on an empty stomach can have an acidic reaction in some people. Accompany your breakfast with a glass of milk.

Myth: Drinking milk gives strong bones

Fact: This myth is based upon the myth that milk is the best source of calcium which is not the case. Milk has rich calcium content but only consuming milk without any other calcium-rich foods won’t give you stronger bones.

Myth: Homogenization and pasteurization destroy the nutrients in milk

Fact: Contrary to the belief that homogenization is a chemical process, it is, in fact, a mechanical process. It has absolutely no effect on the nutrient content of the milk. The process of pasteurization is just for killing germs and not nutrients in the milk.

Myth: Dairy cows are not treated well

Fact: Not always. There are organic milk brands where cows are treated well, are fed good fodder, and they live in open, clean farms.

So is milk healthy or unhealthy?

Milk is the healthiest way to meet the daily nutrient requirements in a human body. Milk is the only thing consumed by a child until it starts weaning. The health benefits of consuming milk are aplenty. The purpose of debunking these milk myths is to educate our readers and to prevent them from falling for these common myths about milk consumption.

A1 or A2 Milk – Which Is Right For You?

People choosing to live a healthy life have paved the way for healthier living habits. These habits comprise of adopting healthy lifestyle changes like eating healthier foods and indulging in physical activities to name a few. Organic farming has taken the world by storm and dairy industry isn’t far behind. The arguments about organic milk vs. the industrial milk are rife today. And when there’s a mention of organic milk – you cannot miss mentioning A1 and A2 milk. The arguments are in favour of A2 milk but what is it that makes it a better option than A1 milk?

What is Organic Milk?

Organic milk is obtained from cows that are fed with organic fodder and aren’t given antibiotics and growth hormones. These cows are strictly watched to avoid any stray grazing over inorganic or adulterated pastures. The cows that fall sick and need to be treated with antibiotics are then removed from the organic production utility. Organic milk, thus, is obtained from cows that are bred and raised in 100% natural living conditions without any kind of intervention either through consumption of adulterated fodder or medical treatments.

What is A1 and A2 Milk?

Milk, as known, is a great source of calcium and protein. The easiest and healthiest way to introduce calcium and protein in the regular diet is through consumption of milk. Milk is made up of a variety of proteins and casein is the largest group of proteins present in the milk. Casein makes up to 80% of the total protein content in the milk.

A1 and A2 are the two types of beta-casein that make up the large chunk of casein proteins found in milk. Regular milk contains both A1 and A2 beta-casein. The bifurcation of organic milk into A1 and A2 is done on the basis of the breed of the cow. A1 beta-casein is found in the breeds Holstein, British Shorthorn, Friesian and Ayrshire. Whereas, the A2 beta-casein is found in the breeds Jersey, Limousin, Guernsey, and Charolais. 

Why is A2 milk better than A1 milk?

The entire A1 and A2 debate is based on some studies that show the harmful effects of consuming A1 milk and production of Beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) is one of the major reasons behind it.

BCM-7 is produced during the digestion process after consumption of A1 milk. Studies by a select group of researchers, across the globe, suggest that production of BCM-7 in the human body can have adverse effects. Though everyone is not affected by consumption of A1 beta-casein but studies show that a growing number of people are falling prey to the harmful effects of secretion of BCM-7.

According to a study published by the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2012, following are some of the harmful effects of consuming A1 milk:

  1. Delayed psychomotor development in infants

The BCM-7 has been found to travel to the brain through the bloodstream in infants which hampers their motor development skills thereby delaying the process.

  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The human body is not acquainted with digestion of BCM-7. This can add to weak gut thereby resulting in IBS in some individuals.

  1. Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is often found in kids. Researches show that kids who consume A1 milk while growing up are more likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

  1. Coronary Heart Disease

A1 milk has higher fat content than A2 milk. The accumulation of fat in the human body can lead to risk of developing certain heart diseases.

  1. The occurrence of Autism or Schizophrenia in extreme cases

Studies have shown that higher levels of BCM-7 are associated with the ability to perform and plan. The high levels meddle with the brain thereby causing mental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

  1. Lactose intolerance

Lactose (sugar) intolerance is the inability to digest the sugar consumed by the body completely. Though A1 and A2 milk have the same levels of lactose, studies have found that a number of people find it difficult to digest A1 milk compared to A2 milk. There are numerous researches being conducted on this across the globe. Doctors suggest that A2 milk is the best substitute for lactose intolerant people as A2 beta-casein is easier to digest which makes it a healthier option compared to A1 milk.

It is well established and well-accepted fact that A1 and A2 milk differ in their compositions. However, in India especially, the bigger problem is the way the cows are managed, and the milk is procured – there are a lot of adulterations that happen in the whole process. When the animals are kept in a clean environment, allowed to graze in open farm, soak in the sunlight, and fed only organic fodder, the quality of milk is certainly better.