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Thursday, 11 February 2016

WHERE'S MY SOYA MILK?

by: MisS VictoriA DaviD

 
Milk, like in many countries is commonly use in preparing oatmeal, mixing with cereals and an alternative for purified drinking water (beverage). It provides the primary source of nutrition such as: significant amounts of saturated fat, protein and calcium as well as vitamin C for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food and for adults, too. It is processed in four methods such as:
  • Raw (a process that doesn’t use heat before use or in its most natural state).
  • Pasteurization (works by heating milk to a specific temperature for a set period of time).
  • Microfiltration (a process produces better tasting milk that stays fresher, longer).
  • Sterilization (a process subject to a specific temperature or using UHT known as, Ultra High Temperature).
Animal’s milk is first known to have been used as human food at the beginning of animal domestication and is extracted in two types: liquid and powder. It contains a number of nutrients, either naturally or through fortification process, such as: mg (milligram) of calcium that is good for muscle contraction, blood vessel expansion and contraction, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmitting impulses throughout the nervous system and grams of protein that supports the growing of muscles, hair, nails, skin and internal organs. Though it contains a number of nutrients for our own health it is still not for everybody. A person who has a lactose intolerance condition may suffer an unpleasant abdominal pains including stomach cramps, flatulence and diarrhea.

Like animal’s milk, soya milk is nutritionally close to cow’s milk. Soya milk can be made from whole soybeans or full-fat soy flour and is commonly available in vanilla and chocolate flavour as well as its original unflavoured form. It contains little saturated fat, vitamin E and no cholesterol, thus, is safe for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergy and a preferences for vegans too. However, in 2008, a study found that men who consume an average of half a portion of soy products per day are more likely to have a lower concentration of sperm.

Milk, in any forms can be beneficial as it contains nutrients for our healthy lifestyle as long as it is processed in a nontoxic method.

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