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Health Benefits of Drinking Milk

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

It's likely that animal milk has been a part of the human diet for over 8,000 years (Solly, 2019). Studies have shown cow, goat, and sheep's milk was present in the diets of individuals living across in 4,000 to 2,400 BC Europe. No wonder we still drink milk from animals today!

The Benefits of Nutrients in Milk

Milk contains almost all the nutrients needed by the human body. It is a good source of protein and energy.

Goat's Milk

In Ayurveda, goat's milk is considered the best for consumption with cow's milk coming in a close second.

  • Goat milk is easier to digest than cow milk due to lower lactose levels.
  • It has higher levels of vitamins and minerals and causes far issues for lactose-intolerant people than cow milk does.

While cow's milk is preferred in the western world, 65% of the world consumes goat milk regularly. Goat milk is also more expensive than cow's milk.

Goat's Milk at a Glance

Nutrients at a glance from one (8 oz.) cup of goats milk. From https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-goat-milk#Goats-milk-vs.-cows-milk

Nutritional ElementNutrient Amount

Calories

170

Protein

9 g

Fat

10 g

Carbohydrates

11 g

Calcium

330 mg

Cow's Milk

Cow's milk is a popular addition to many meals for both taste and nutritional reasons. It contains a variety of vitamins and minerals required for good health. For those who can digest it easily, cow's milk is a part of a healthy daily diet.

  • Whole milk contains under 4% fat.
  • Semi-skim milk contains under 2% fat.
  • Skimmed milk is almost fat-free. It has a fat content between 0.1–0.3%
  • A glass (240 mL) of milk provides 37% of an adult’s daily calcium requirement. To get the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk, one has to consume more than 11 portions of spinach.

Nutritional Composition of Cow's Milk

Nutrients per one cup (240 mL) of whole milk (3.3% fat) from Gebhardt & Thomas (2002) and Arnarson (2019). Nutritional data is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutritional ElementNutrient Amount

Calories

150 kcal

Protein

8 g

Fat

8 g

Carbohydrates

11.7 g

Sugar

12.3 g

Vitamin and Mineral Contents of Whole Cow's Milk

Milligrams per one cup (240 mL) of whole milk (3.3% fat) from Pennington et al (1987) and the USDA.gov Food Data search (*). Nutritional data is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Vitamin or Mineral ContentAmount (mg per cup)

Sodium

120*

Potassium

343*

Calcium

293*

Phosphorus

83

Magnesium

9.8

Iron

0.07

Zinc

0.37

Copper

0.009

Manganese

0.004

Iodine

0.034

Selenium

0.001

Best Ways to Drink Milk

In my experience, the best milk is freshly milked from the cow. This is obviously not possible for most people. Second, best is to briefly boil milk and drink it warm. This is an important step as studies show that drinking completely raw milk can be dangerous and cause food poisoning. Raw milk can contain dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria and more. Don't boil milk for long periods of time, as prolonged heat destroys the nutrients.

If you're purchasing pasteurized milk from the grocery store, there is no need to boil the milk.

Avoid Adding Sugar

Adding sugar to milk will generate mucus. Added sugar also interferes with the calcium benefits in milk. If you still feel the need to sweeten the milk, try adding honey, fruit juices, glucose, sugarcane juice or Munakka (large sultanas or currants).

Make Milk Easier to Digest

Drinking milk can cause gas and bloat for some people. To avoid this problem, add honey, orange juice, or sweet lime juice to the milk. Adding either a few crushed almonds, cashews, or raisins to milk can also facilitate digestion.

Another tip is to add pieces of ginger or ginger powder and some raisins. Boil this mixture and drink.

When Is the Best Time of Day to Drink Milk?

Ayurvedic medicine recommends drinking milk in the evening. While milk is 88% water (Gebhardt & Thomas, 2002) the remaining contents are quite heavy and difficult to digest overnight.

Should Milk be Avoided if You're Sick?

It's widely thought that those who are sick shouldn't consume dairy products. This is unsupported by scientific evidence, though compositions in milk can lead to people feeling more uncomfortable when they are sick. I personally recommend people avoid dairy if they have the following:

  • Coughing
  • Asthma
  • Diarrhoea
  • Colitis
  • Stomach aches
  • Indigestion.

Buttermilk may be taken in such cases. Ghee should also be avoided.

Sources

Arnarson, Atli. 2019. Milk 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Effects. Healthline.

Gebhardt, S. & Thomas, R.G. (2002). Nutritive Value of Foods. United States Department of Agriculture, 20.

Pennington, J. A., Wilson, D. B., Young, B. E., Johnson, R. D., & Vanderveen, J. E. (1987). Mineral content of market samples of fluid whole milk. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 87(8), 1036–1042.

Solly, Meilan. 2019. Prehistoric Farmers’ Teeth Show Humans Were Drinking Animal Milk 6,000 Years Ago. Smithsonian Mag.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 05, 2018:

SMV consult your doctor, please. Thank you.

SMV on November 02, 2018:

I have a ulcer problem and I am also skinny can I drink a milk with ghee and cahews, Is there cause any side effects to me

Amit on November 02, 2018:

Read the whole article . Sir , can you please provide exact reference from Ayurveda on the following points you mentioned in tour article

1. Adding sweet lime juice or sucking on lekin after milk - Which Ayurvedic text says this ? Please tell the book name and sanhita

2. Adding orange juice to milk? Really? Where did Ayurveda says this? Quote the reference . According to Sushrut and Charak sanhita , this is Viruddh Ahaar and damaging to the digestive tract

3. Adding honey to milk . You did not mention hot milk or cold milk . Its toxic in hot milk ( as per Ayurveda ) - Ashtang Hridayam . Even adding honey to cold milk is not for everyone . If you are kapha type and drinking cold milk and honey, then only God can save you . You wrote this as a general article and people are following it and tomorrow they will not trust ayurveda with all the wrong info you have provided. You have not mentioned at all which type of milk , for which type of person ( Vaat, Pitt, Kapha) What season, which time ? Nothing

By Providing such misleading information , you are playing with people’s health . Please don’t mention ayurveda in this article as it is completely opposite to ayurveda

Prince on July 19, 2018:

Should not intake lemon after milk.

Varshini. K. Gowda on February 24, 2018:

It is very useful

Majid Khan Yoisafzai on January 04, 2018:

Which milk best for sportsmen?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 08, 2017:

Thanks Shebrisbane.

Shebrisbane on December 05, 2017:

nice

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 15, 2017:

shubhangi, why do you want to take turmeric milk?

do not add ghee in turmeric milk. in 200 ml milk add just a pinch (1/8 tsp) of turmeric & sugar to taste. simmer for 2 minutes. then drink when it cools down to warm.

shubhangi on June 08, 2017:

Hi Rajan,

I want to take termeric milk. Then how i prepared and how much time need to boil it. But after that can i take Churne for stomach clear in morning. How much time after i can take churna. I have taken milk+turmeric+ghee but still my stomach not cleared. Kindly help me.

Sharif Ahmed on January 25, 2017:

Very good and informative article. Thanks Mr. Rajan Jolly

raja on January 17, 2017:

I really enjoy this reading again and again as i bookmarked it. Every time i sèe something interested. Such a wise article. Thank you so much.

1.Can i drink a raw cow milk after few minutes has it been drawn ?

2.Is there any time limit to drink a fresh milk have i supposed to wait for the milk man ?

3. I just want to know how long time is to be safe to drink a cow milk after it drew just from a cow ?

Please for your comment

raja on January 06, 2017:

This is wonderful to read.. really valuable infos. Thank you so muchhh. Since i search for this inquiry i found this as great.

Please let me clarify follow questions

1. Is it more good and best to drink a raw milk which has just been milked from the cow without boiled it ?

2. If yes for above question perhaps i would not get chance to get it fresh and earlier to drink, what is the best time should i consume it either before/after breakfas or dinner or between 4pm to 6pm ?

Your answer will greatly expected. Thank you G

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 01, 2016:

yes you can.

zaara on September 30, 2016:

can we drink milk early morning in an empty stomach

Kitten on July 14, 2016:

Hello; I would be interested to know if you have any references to research to support your statement, "Calcium present in milk is destroyed by adding sugar.". It is most troubling to think this is true! Thank You!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 24, 2016:

khevan sharma, I'm glad you like the information. Thanks for reading and leaving your appreciation of the same.

khevna sharma on June 24, 2016:

Very good article and of course great research. it help us lot to know about what are the benefits of milk . I used to Pride of cows milk and i think its better than other local brands in Mumbai.

Thanks for sharing.

arvind rautela on March 29, 2016:

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John Jane,, on October 21, 2015:

Super news,,,consuming milk with sugar made me diarrhoea,,,never again.thanx

Kristina on September 29, 2015:

I'm surprised that people still believe that milk is good for you. It has been proved to be more harm than good, but farmers are very good at marketing. It actually depletes calcium from the body, so even though it is added as a 'healthy source of calcium', Calcium is need to digest it and calcium will be released from your bones. Broccoli is a better choice.

Babies need milk to grow quickly. In a natural state, milk can be very healthy as it has not been destroyed by cooking as commercial available milk is. Milk from the mother in the wild doesn't have extra hormones or antibiotics added. If you want to hain fat and keep growing quickly, sure drink milk in its raw natural form, but most of us don't want to put on pounds quickly and drink altered low fat milk. The uncooked fat was probably the only thing healthy in it, and now we destroy it by cooking it and then try to remove it. All that is left is sugars (lactose) an unhealthy additives.

Also if you want to reduce stress, that best way is stop eating it. The animals that produce the milk are forced to continually have babies that are taken away too soon to have natural immunity from colostrum causing stress on their system. Now they are forced to repeat the process, continually pregnant or in a nursing state, traumatized by their treatment in a high-stress invironment. Lucky you drink the milk that contains all thoss stress hormones, including the belly fat hormone, cortisol. Just by consuming that fat-free, healthy milk, you are making yourself fat (and antibiotic resistant) by eating the hormones, cooked fats, sugars, antibiotics, etc that in nutrient depletant in the end. Do some research (like medical journals) and don't rely on propaganda created by the people making money off the stuff. Good luck!

meghal on August 12, 2015:

i want to know that can i give a milk with Dates (Khajur ) to my 03 yrs son

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 25, 2015:

Thanks prashant.

prashant on June 25, 2015:

useful information

Ayesha Bekkam on May 11, 2015:

Thanks for Posting.

Bhau on March 09, 2015:

Thanx for posting

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 19, 2014:

Sakshi, As per Ayurveda cow milk is infinitely superior to buffalo milk.

Thanks for reading.

Sakshi on November 09, 2014:

This article was very useful but i have to ask one thing that buffalo milk is good or cow milk??Voted up. Thank you for writing such a good article.

anand on February 04, 2014:

Gratefully drink milk

bb on December 10, 2013:

amazing

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 11, 2013:

Naveen, Drinking milk along with exposure to early morning sunlight for 20 minutes daily will get your vitamin D levels up.

You can get good amounts of vit B12 from cheese and skim milk, also tofu.

Removing malai from milk cannot make it skimmed totally. But boil it, remove the malai and then drink. This would definitely be healthier than the full fat milk.

I would suggest drinking raw milk whether from cow or buffalo because of the bacteria in it.

naveen on September 11, 2013:

Hey RJ...wonderful hub on a pretty useful topic...recently ive been diagnosed with low vitamin d and b12 levels...also with low haemoglobin count... am planning to add milk in my daily diet as I don't want to add meat products... my question for you are following

1. how much milk should I drink daily to be healthy?

2. Can I drink buffalo milk as my friend has buffaloes?

3. What would be a wise decision to drink the whole milk or after boiling and removing malai that is formed?

4. And ive read skimmed milk is more beneficial than whole milk so what is the way of making whole milk skim milk...can removing malai from boiled milk make it skim?

5. And yes should I even boil or drink the milk raw...I have no problems drinking raw milk, just concerned about fat content in it...

Too confused

My age is 22 years btw...

Plz help me out bro...

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 19, 2013:

Thanks for your visit and observations, heavenlyhealth.

heavenlyhealth on July 15, 2013:

Moonlake, the allergy to milk is often related to multiple factors:

1) Drinking processed milk instead of raw. Milk is over-heated and fat-separated, causing it to lose its natural form. The human body cannot recognize it for proper digestion.

2) Drinking conventional milk instead of organic. Non-organic cows are fed foods that are non-native to their diet, such as GMO grains and soy. They get sick with infection and are treated with antibiotics continually. Also, they're injected with hormones to increase milk production. Some cows are even being fed sweet candies to fatten them up. The animal's body is in constant trauma and sickness which is passed on to you thru milk. Organic, free range cows are sent out to pasture for grass, given no hormones or antibiotics. They are not sick, but healthy animals with nature design.

So with wisom and caution, try raw, non-homogenized, organic, pastured milk and the allergies might just clear up. Also, Goat milk is superior to cows, and more easily digested with far less allergic reactions.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2013:

Thanks Joseph for reading and appreciating. I'm humbled by your comments. Thank you sir.

Joseph Borg Micallef-Mata on July 01, 2013:

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Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 04, 2013:

My family has always been fond of drinking milk and even today I drink as much as I can at least 2 to 3 glasses daily. Thanks for reading and sharing, moonlake.

moonlake from America on April 03, 2013:

We drink lots of milk in this house. We always made sure our kids had plenty of milk (skim milk). Our youngest was allergic to it when he was a baby, it doesn't bother him now. Now our daughter has an asthma attack if she drinks to much milk, ice cream, or cheese. I don't know where they got all the allergies from my husband and I don't have any. Voted up and shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 01, 2013:

Good to know this info clarified a question you had. Thanks for stopping by.

tebo from New Zealand on January 31, 2013:

Great hub on the benefits of milk. I was pleased to see you mentioned the mucous forming properties of milk and that maybe goats milk is better for some people. And I have wondered about heated milk when I saw at work someone was not to have milk but could have it in sauce, hence heated. Thanks for clarifying that for me.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 09, 2013:

I agree Mahavir. Adulteration in foodstuffs is a big problem these days.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on January 06, 2013:

Great Hub with great information. However, now a days the milk available in market is not pure, and many chemicals are mixed in it. So we have to take care of it.

Shared with followers.......

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 06, 2013:

Hi Beth, I read the hub. As I also say, fresh raw milk is the best but if it has to be stored it should be boiled to kill possible pathogens that could have proliferated in the milk.

Thanks for stopping by.

Beth37 on January 04, 2013:

I just read a hub on the same/very similar subject this morning. I wonder if you would find it interesting.

https://hubpages.com/food/Health-Benefits-of-Raw-M...

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 01, 2013:

Au fait, the benefits of breastfeeding are obvious and proven. What a better start to one's child can one give than feed it the way nature intended. Milk is a complete food and that is why nature give this gift to women who deliver a baby.

Always a pleasure to have you over and appreciate your comments, votes and share. Thank you.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 31, 2012:

I grew up on a small dairy farm and we always pasteurized the milk we planned to keep for our own use. I've never heard of adding sugar to milk before drinking before.

Usually when a baby is breast fed they do not have bowl movements at all until you start them on solids. That, along with no periods during the time a mother breast feeds her child, are among some of the many benefits of breast feeding! I breast fed my child for 8 months and she was healthy, no diarrhea ever! There are so many benefits in breastfeeding!

A very good hub and I'm glad to know all the benefits of drinking milk because I drink it a lot. Voted up, UI, and will share!

deep on October 14, 2012:

sex power low if we drink milk in night?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 01, 2012:

Hi Mycee, glad you liked the hub but you have any particular reason for shifting to milk powder? Fresh is better.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 30, 2012:

useful and informative articles Rajan. Used to drink fresh milk but switched to powder one. :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2012:

Hi Helen,

Glad you found this info useful. Jaggery in India is called Gur. You can get it in Indian stores in California, I believe. You can see what it looks like at this link and read more about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaggery

Nice to read about your dad drinking milk straight from the cow. Had me thinking of the times when people here too in villages did that often. The most sterile milk at its healthiest.

Thanks for reading, for the votes and for sharing this.

Have a great day.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2012:

@ dafreesan - thanks for your input and nice to learn you are a milk lover. Stay powered.

@ ITcoach - yes, cow milk is healthier than buffalo milk. In India cow is revered as a mother since it provides milk. Thanks for coming by. appreciate the sharing.

@ timothybs - No I haven't read the book you mention. However, I'd love to read a preview of it. Thanks for visiting.

timothybs from London on September 29, 2012:

Have you read a book call "The China Study"? http://amzn.to/PN9AAJ

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on that.

Nice article!

oceansider on September 29, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

I enjoyed reading your article about milk.....this was very well researched and written....thank you! I know how good milk is for me, but I didn't know certain things....like it being good for my skin, and I also didn't know that goat's milk is easier to digest as far as being lactose intolerant.

Another thing I've never heard of is jaggery....you said for bladder problems it should be mixed with the milk.....can you tell me what jaggery is?.......

My dad told me that when he was a small boy he and my grandparents lived on a farm and he used to drink the milk straight from the cow....he said there is nothing better than milk right from the cow.....just as you mentioned.

Thanks for writing this informative article & take care my friend,

Helen.......by the way, I am sharing this & voting up, useful & interesting!

ITcoach from United States on September 29, 2012:

rajan jolly

Thanks for sharing awesome Hub with all the readers, It's a great inspiration for those who don't drink milk. I like the cow milk the most.

Like and sharing with friends too

dafreesan from India on September 29, 2012:

Thanks for valuable information, everyday I drink milk in the morning and before I go to sleep. Milk and boiled eggs gives me extra energy and power for my daily workout.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 27, 2012:

Hi Jewels,

I personally feel that since the milk is pasteurised there is no need to boil it the first time the pack is opened, unless you need to drink it warm. However, if you are going to store the remaining for sometime then it is better to heat it before consuming.

This is what I would do.

Thanks.

Jewels on September 26, 2012:

Rajan, thanks for your response. Actually I am getting the Fairway organic milk and I believe Fairway uses standard pasteurization and homoginazation processes. Since it is not UHT pasteurized do you recommend that I drink it warm or cold?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2012:

Jewels, that is a difficult question to answer. Of course most organic milk is UHT pasteurised, which kills all the enzymes and the bacteria, both useful as well as harmful. So, boiling of this unopened container of milk is debatable.

Thanks for reading.

Jewels on September 25, 2012:

Hi Rajan, do you still recommend boiling store bought organic milk or is it not necessary since it has already been pasteurized and homogenized? Should I still warm it slightly or will it lose its nutrients? Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 13, 2012:

Thanks, Tasha.

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on September 13, 2012:

Thats great information

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 11, 2012:

ITcoach, thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

ITcoach from United States on September 11, 2012:

rajan jolly,

A very unique post you have published. The milk benefits everyone should know about and should cover up the deficiencies in the body whatever someone has. The milk in every case is useful except the hepatoma diseases in some cases.

Thanks for sharing this great hub.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 07, 2012:

jennzie - thanks for visiting and voting too.

Jenn from Pennsylvania on September 06, 2012:

This is a very informative hub. I never tried goat's milk, but I like goat cheese. :-)

Voted up and useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 23, 2012:

Anjo, I'm glad you like the info. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 23, 2012:

milk is very rich in nutrition .. thanks for this very wonderful hub, it was very helpful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 26, 2012:

Thanks for reading.

Akhter ... on May 26, 2012:

Extremely informative.

Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 28, 2011:

Saurabh, milk is the most complete food that is known. Tea as we indians make is more harmful than beneficial because we tend to boil the leaves a lot and take it in excess too. The best way to prepare tea is the old way of boiling water 1st then taking it off fire adding tea leaves keeping it covered for two minutes and then adding milk and sugar before drinking.

Milk is anyday better than tea and one is never late to start consuming it.

Thanks for reading and appreciating.

saurabhpande23c from India on December 27, 2011:

I will surely give more preference to milk rather that having a tea every now and then. You know, we Indians love Tea more than anything else. In the morning you need tea as well as in the afternoon and then in the evening too. But, I will try to consume milk as a direct content from now on. Thanks for the info !!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 27, 2011:

Brett, nice to see that you are so well informed on nutrition of foods. Ayurveda lists goat's milk as supreme amongst all milk, as you can see in my hub.

Thanks for visiting and it's a pleasure to see your inputs.

Brett C from Asia on December 26, 2011:

Interesting article. Milk really is

source of calcium and provides many additional benefits. Although cow milk is used in the Western world, I have tried goats milk while in Greece, and the taste was actually quite nice. Their cheese is also made with goat's milk, although it's quite chewy, has a very good taste.

goego from Loserland on December 21, 2011:

I agree with you 100% RJ your a smart guy, without drops of water all of our mouths will run dry

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 21, 2011:

goego thanks for reading and appreciating. we tend to go for modern day medicines for even the slightest of ill health and consequently suffer from many undesirable side effects.

Our everyday kitchen ingredients have all the power to heal us if we have faith in them. My effort is just a drop in the ocean. Thank you for your kind words.

goego from Loserland on December 21, 2011:

great work RJ, I respect your mission and commend you for spreading a good word

blessed bee

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 20, 2011:

Thanks for being so appreciative KoffeeKlatch Gals.It's sad though that the animals are being exploited by pumping in hormones, antibiotics and the like, to get more milk out of them. Still, milk reigns supreme as a complete food.

Thanks for visiting.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on December 20, 2011:

Great hub - lots of research and good writing. Milk is still know as the natural for a reason.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 18, 2011:

Lady_E, milk is the first food we are introduced to at birth. It had to be the best and so it is. Why then should we forget the importance of it as we grow older.

Thanks for sharing your experience and for finding the hub worthy of good comments.

I wish you too a very happy Christmas.

Elena from London, UK on December 18, 2011:

Thanks for an interesting Hub. Milk is very essential.

I remember as a little girl in School - we were all given Free milk in the morning to drink. It was important for all school kids.

Happy Xmas.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 18, 2011:

Thanks for your input, Insane Mundane. Consuming saturated fats within the daily limit is a must as saturated fat helps in a lot of body functions. Overconsumption is bad, as of any other thing.

Thanks for reading.

Insane Mundane from Earth on December 18, 2011:

Yep, there are a lot of health benefits to drinking milk. Even though saturated fat gets a bad name, dairy fat is actually a good source of lipids. It is broke down and metabalized different in the body, sort of like how coconut oil is better for you than most other oils, although its saturated fat content is high.

I've never tried goat milk, so no comment on that one.

Cheers!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 16, 2011:

Ruchi, more than anything else it is the hormones, pesticide and antibiotic residues that are the worrying factor.A good choice would be to go for organic milk.

Pasteurisation and homogenisation are unavoidable since the first is done to kill harmful bacteria while the second needs to be done to get different grades of milk.

I appreciate your reading and airing your views.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 16, 2011:

T4an thank you for stopping by and appreciating. Milk has always been a perfect food.

Ruchi Urvashi from Singapore on December 16, 2011:

Yes, milk is often considered as the best complete food. However, recently there is great information about pasteurization, homogenization and hence, milk being harmful rather than useful. I read in various sites that raw milk was good for health. However, the milk mostly available in market has gone through various treatments and is actually harmful.

T4an from Toronto, Ontario on December 16, 2011:

Very good hub! I love milk and this makes me want to drink more of it. Thank you for reminding me how good it is for us.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 16, 2011:

Thanks for your input, m0rd0r. I appreciate it.

Stoill Barzakov from Sofia, Bulgaria on December 15, 2011:

I adore white goat cheese. Thanks for the information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 15, 2011:

@ jeyaramd, thanks for reading and appreciating the hub. I'm sure you would benefit by the inclusion of milk in your diet. Thanks again for voting it up & useful.

@ vocalcoach, thank you for being here and leaving your appreciative comments. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger make the milk easier to digest as well as benefit by their intrinsic qualities. Thanks for the up vote too.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 15, 2011:

Lots of good information here on the benefits of milk. Cinnamon and nutmeg both sound delicious when adding it to milk. Thank you, my friend. Voted UP!

vocalcoach~

jeyaramd from Mississauga, Ontario on December 15, 2011:

This is amazing research. You have listed some great findings. And the fact that you compared cow's milk to goat's milk was brilliant. Now, I really feel I have no excuses to avoid milk. Of course, I don't want night pollution. I like that humour. Keep up the good work. I am enjoying hubs ever since I became your fan. You leave me so pleased. Your also a good gentlemen. Thanks for the great hub. Voted up. USEFUL !!!

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