The World Milk Day is organized once a year (usually on 1 June) in order for consumption internationally of milk to advertise. It was launched in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and is held in over 30 countries. Milk should be promoted as a natural and healthy drink worldwide and for all ages.
Even at breakfast we prepare our muesli with her, at lunchtime we use it as a cream for cooking or as cheese for gratinating and in the evening we smear it on our bread in the form of cream cheese or butter. We mix smoothies with it or simply drink them straight. We love our milk! Many people do not even notice how big a role milk plays in our daily diet, because it has become such a matter of course. But we want to reawaken awareness and love for milk and we celebrated it on June 1st with the whole world!
Who started World Milk Day?
International World Milk Day was introduced and established in 1957 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the international dairy industry association. The aim of this day of action was and is to promote milk as a natural and, above all, healthy drink worldwide and for all age groups.
However, it should not be overlooked that in addition to this international day of honor for milk, there are also a number of national variants. As an example, reference is made here to the National Milk Day in the USA on January 11 and the Indian Milk Day introduced in 2014 on January 26.
Who is the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization?
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (often also called the World Food Organization) has the task of improving the production and distribution of agricultural products in general and food in particular worldwide in order to ensure nutrition and improve the standard of living. The most important tasks and goals, which are also laid down in a separate constitution, are:
- Raising the food and living standards of the population
- Improving the production and distribution of food
- Improvement of the living conditions of the rural population
- Contribution to the development of the world economy and thus to the liberation of people from hunger
Milk – healthy or unhealthy?
Milk is still considered by many to be an all-round healthy food: But excessive consumption – as recent studies show – can also involve risks. What should you watch out for?
Milk is the first food humans consume – a nutritious essence from the mother’s body that is perfectly tailored to the needs of the newborn. The whitish liquid is also one of the most versatile foods of all: There is hardly any raw material that humans have been making so many different products for thousands of years – from creamy yoghurt to fat cream, whey and spreadable butter, sour cream, kefir and quark to mild, spicy ones or spicy cheeses.
World Milk Day: How healthy is milk?
Milk provides us with energy in the form of sugar and fat, is rich in protein, the most important building material for all body cells, as well as numerous vitamins and minerals (especially calcium, which is good for bones and teeth).
However, current studies cast doubt on whether it is unreservedly recommendable: it could be that excessive consumption leads to inflammatory reactions in the body and possibly accelerates aging processes.
Milk is by nature not a soft drink for adults, so it should not be drunk to quench thirst like water.
The German Nutrition Society therefore recommends moderate consumption: around 250 grams of low-fat milk (equivalent to about one glass) and two slices of cheese per day.
Why is milk white?
Tiny bundles of protein and globules of fat give milk its cloudy appearance. The fat provides most of the calories in dairy products; In cream, quark or cheese, fat sometimes makes up more than half of the energy content. Milk is also rich in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and calcium.
The liquid also contains the sugar lactose. Infants can digest it easily, but many adults lose the ability to do so. If you consume too large amounts of dairy products, it rumbles inside you.
For a long time, milk was recommended as an unreservedly healthy food, but today the study situation is no longer so clear: Although milk seems to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, colon cancer and obesity slightly, some studies show that high consumption could promote prostate and ovarian cancer, among other things .
Are cheese, quark, and yogurt better than milk?
The consumption of cheese, quark and yoghurt, on the other hand, does not seem to be detrimental to health – and possibly also to benefit our psyche: Because the food contains microorganisms that can settle in our intestines and are apparently indirectly able to lift our mood, as studies have shown demonstrate.
Milk is a living liquid: numerous immune cells, bacteria and active enzymes swim in it. However, pathogens can easily multiply in raw milk. Anyone who is susceptible – such as pregnant women, small children and the chronically ill – should refrain from consuming raw milk and cheese made from it. Experts also recommend drinking raw milk from farmers only boiled.