Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Senior Pediatrician Dr. Sabrina Kitaka says milk as a beverage when taken properly is considered beneficial for growing children and adolescents.
She says milk contains the daily sources of water, protein, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin D needed for growth, as well as for strong teeth and bones in growing children. .
She, however, says milk cannot be used as a complete meal, but rather as a healthy food for a balanced diet. “It’s important to limit your child’s milk intake to 480-720 milliliters a day,” she says.
“Include iron-rich foods in your child’s diet, such as meat, poultry, fish, beans, and iron-fortified foods. Continue to serve iron-fortified cereal until your child is eating a variety of iron-rich foods.
Is milk good for growing girls?
Dr. Sabrina mentions that while calcium is the main benefit of milk for teenage girls, milk also provides protein. Most milks are also fortified with vitamin D, which improves calcium absorption.
Why should children and teenagers drink milk every day?
Dr. Sabrina points out that children and adolescents are advised to drink milk regularly because milk contains almost all essential nutrients.
She says milk contains an appropriate balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Many children and adolescents have been taken off milk after their first birthday due to myths and fear of developing lactose intolerance or excessive weight gain if too much milk is consumed. Worldwide, only 2% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant. Even lactose-intolerant adults may find that one glass of milk is tolerated, while an extra glass of milk or another dairy product may cause symptoms.
Dr. Sabrina points out that milk also has benefits for the skin. The milk works as a natural cleanser and treats acne. The lactic acid in milk removes dirt by deeply cleaning clogged pores and killing acne-causing bacteria called germs on the surface of your skin. Raw milk soothes and calms the area affected by acne. It decreases skin inflammation and gives you clear, smooth and grease-free skin.
Dr. Sabrina adds that milk also hydrates the skin as it contains biotin and other hydrating elements that help nourish your dry, cracked, withered and flaky skin. It penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and revitalizes and hydrates your skin from within. Milk also moisturizes your skin and helps get rid of itching. Using milk as a face mask or cleanser gives you soft, glowing skin by stimulating cell regeneration. The vitamins in milk help maintain healthy, youthful skin. You can make masks out of gram flour and milk to lock in moisture to your face.
If one were to look at the cost-benefit analysis of giving your child or teenager a glass of milk a day, I would definitely go for the more beneficial approach of allowing that much-needed glass of milk as children grow, says Dr. Sabrina. “Children and adolescents are encouraged to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and get at least 8 hours of sleep a day.”
Fresh Dairy Marketing Manager Vincent Omoth points out that Fresh Dairy Long Life UHT milk is now convenient for consumers, as it lasts up to 90 days with or without refrigeration, tastes like fresh milk and is now available in 500ml and 200ml. packs.