Ensure milk in your daily diet – Paediatrician

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Milk is one of the best sources of nutrition, in the world after breast milk. Fresh milk contains nutritional components such as calcium, proteins, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A & B.

Consumption of fresh milk strengthens the immune system and expedites healing of wounds.  It is also essential for the development of strong bones, teeth and muscle.

At a recent interview conducted with a leading paediatrician in Sri Lanka, he noted the importance of fresh milk: “It contains amino acids which are essential to promote growth. Amino acids keep you alert and energetic and are useful in the treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and pre-menstrual syndrome. Amino acids also enhance memory, concentration, alertness and energy levels.”

Scientific findings indicate that raw milk contains good bacteria like lactobacillus which produce enzymes that breakdown proteins and improves absorption of iron, phosphorous and calcium. The conjugated linolic acid (CLA) – a poly-unsaturated omega 6 fatty acid found in fresh milk also boosts metabolism and helps reduce abdominal fat.

Speaking on the importance of ensuring milk is in your daily diet in some form or the other, Dr. Jagjit Punjrath, founding Managing Director of Cargills Quality Dairies, noted: “It is important to ensure that what you consume as a dairy product does indeed include fresh milk. For instance, when it comes to ice cream what you find in Sri Lanka is that leading ice cream brands are in fact vegetable fat-based recipes, whereas Cargills Magic contains 100% fresh milk from Sri Lankan dairies.”

The state-of-the-art ‘Cargills Magic’ ice cream factory, situated in Divulapitiya, has of over 42 delicious flavors as cups, cones, sticks and tubs. Cargills Magic as part of its recent campaign to build consumer awareness on the nutritional importance of fresh milk invites customers to visit its production plant which is completely automated.

Cargills Magic utilises the goodness of fresh milk sourced from over 5,000 dairy farmers in the region and collects over 18,000 litres of fresh milk on a daily basis.

The production plant is equipped with inbuilt systems food of safety and quality and has secured ISO 9001: 2000 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental Management System) and ISO 22000: 2005 (Food Safety Management System), certified by SGS Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., accredited by UKAS(United Kingdom Accreditation System),”

So next time you dig into a generous portion of your favorite Cargills Magic flavour, you know you are giving yourself all the goodness of fresh milk and doing good by creating opportunity for the dairy farmers of Sri Lanka.