Example Of Essay On Got Milk Or Not?
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Did you know that milk was not always the American staple that it became in the 20th century? However, milk has been promoted as a necessary diet staple. This is due in part to the fact that you deprive yourself from receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals that milk has to offer. Celebrities would often quote the popular slogan, ‘Got Milk,’ to let their fans know that there is so much that milk has to offer in terms of health benefits. The Milk Processor Education program already changed their slogan from ‘Got Milk’ to ‘Milk Life’ to give importance on milk in people’s lives. Indeed, there is much to be said about the health benefits that one can receive from consuming milk. But why it is that there is such an interest in milk consumption? Why is milk recommended as a staple in the diet? There are actually many reasons and this paper will attempt to expound the numerous gains on drinking milk.
According to Karl Michaelsson et al (2014), milk contains “18 of 22 essential nutrients” (p. 1). Some of these include the following: calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D (Michaelsson et al, 2014). In fact, it is because of these nutrients that it was discovered that if three or four glasses of milk are consumed daily then it can “save at least 20% of healthcare costs related to osteoporosis” (Michaelsson et al, 2014, p. 1). In addition, Huag, Hostmark, and Harstad (2007) mention that milk (particularly from cows’ milk) contains “immunoglobulins, hormones, growth factors, cytokines, nucleotides, peptides, polyamines” fatty acids and enzymes (p. 1). One of the fatty acids found in milk, butyric acid, have been found to be a “modulator of gene function” and aids in “cancer prevention” (Huag, Hostmark, & Harstad, 2007, p. 2). However, it should be noted that there are some negative health effects that can be gained from consuming milk. Some of the disadvantages include the following: milk allergy, intolerance to milk proteins, lactose intolerance, galactosemia (Huag, Hostmark, & Harstad, 2007, p. 9). Furthermore, there is scientific evidence which show that high milk intake has been linked to an “unfavorable risk profile for the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease” (Michaelsson et al, 2014, p. 2). It is, therefore, the purpose of this essay to show both the advantages and disadvantages of consuming milk. This essay will also provide recommendations as to how much milk should be consumed to deal with specific nutrient deficiencies.
Huag, A., Hostmark, A., & Harstad, O. (2007). Bovine milk in human nutrition- a review. Lipids in Health and Disease, 6(25), 1-15.
Michaelsson, K., Wolk, A., Langenskiold, S., Basu, S., Warensjo, E., Melhus, H., & Byberg, L. (2014). Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: Cohort studies. The BMJ, 349, 1-16.