One of the popular Milk facts is that it is one of the most common health drink for children and adults. But this controversy still remains, whether we should drink cow’s milk or not.
Cow milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and fats that are essential for our body. Here are some Milk facts:
However, food experts say that cow’s milk is good only for children because in adults it leads to many health problems.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, Cow’s milk should not be given to children below the age of one year as it can lead to diabetes. The American institute of cancer research and studies reveal that those adults who consume good amount of milk and its products, intake more carbohydrates and fibers than required are more prone to kidney and prostate cancer.
People who consume milk on a daily basis are stronger and look younger than those who do not. Cow milk has Vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin D that helps in improving blood circulation and digestion. However in recent times, due to adulteration of cow milk, it has become the main cause of many health problems.
According to the National Dairy Research Institute, by the mixing of urea, ammonia, nitrate, fertilizer, sugar, salt and glucose, milk suppliers increase the SNF and fat content in milk. Moreover, they add neutralizers to prevent milk from getting sour in taste. Hydrogen peroxide and formalin are added to keep it fresh for longer duration. By adding wheat flour and starch, they try to cover the smell of urea and ammonia.
Here are some simple ways to check the adulteration of packaged milk:
- Water adulteration can be checked by using lactometer which is easily available at medical stores. Pour some milk in lactometer, and if it sinks up to 28 degrees then the mils consists of water.
- To check the adulteration of other chemicals following procedure can be followed:
- Urea – Take a beaker, pour about 2 milliliters of milk in it and add same amount of urea reagent in it. If the color of the mixture turns yellow, then the milk has urea.
- Ammonia – Similarly take two 2 milliliters of milk and add same amount of Ammonia reagent in it. If its color turns brown, then the milk has Ammonia.
- Nitrate fertilizer – Pour two milliliters of milk in a beaker and add one milliliter of nitrate fertilizer reagent in it. The color will change to blue if it has nitrate fertilizer.
- Starch – Boil 5 milliliters of milk and add a few drops of starch reagent. If it turns blue, then it has starch.
- Sugar – Take one milliliter of milk and add same amount of sugar reagent in it. Put a few drops of this mixture over the boiling water. If the water turns red, then the milk has sugar in it.