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From times immemorial, the foods in the dairy group have continued to hold an important place in our dietary intake. They are deemed extremely vital for us due to their nutritional content of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, D, B12, riboflavin, niacin and protein. It is recommended to have 3 servings of dairy food daily. They are important for people from all age groups; young and growing children particularly need them more as they help build bones and teeth.
Modern lifestyle doesn’t allow enough exposure to sunlight. In fact, the sunlight during 10 am to 4 pm, when people are outside, is considered detrimental due to the harmful radiations it contains. Consequently, milk becomes the only important source of vitamin D, which is a direct contributor to bone health along with calcium, which is also derived from milk.
However, there has been lot of controversy in the recent decades around the consumption of dairy products. Dairy products are said to be containing saturated fats, which are known to cause cardiac issues by increasing the bad LDL cholesterol in the body. Therefore, more and more people have switched to low fat or slim dairy products.
Low fat or slim dairy products have less fat in them although they are made with whole milk. Slim milk rather ensures that you get the same amount of nutrition but with fewer calories. In fact, slim dairy products have been proven to help in losing weight and excess fat when combined with other dietary restrictions. Slim dairy products when taken along with regular exercises is said to have a positive impact on the skin.
Due to a minor reflux issue that was affecting my vocal cords, I had completely cut down on dairy intake a few months back. I had read lot of articles on the futility of dairy products and how the nutritional intake from them could be easily compensated through different fruits and vegetables. For example, calcium can be derived from leafy greens, broccoli, chia seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds and quinoa. Potassium can be compensated through the intake of sweet potatoes, beet greens and tomatoes. Mushrooms are claimed to be the richest vegetarian food source of vitamin D. The vitamin B12 of dairy products can be compensated with the intake of fortified cereals and soy milk.
Initially, I used to be very disciplined and made a proper diet chart to ensure that I was taking in all these food items regularly in the required servings to make up for the complete removal of dairy products from my diet. However, I soon became lazy or too busy with other things and completely broke my routine. But, at around the same time, I heard from lot of my friends how they were diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency and were under medication; some of them were taking vitamin D injections too.
My good sense prevailed and I decided to switch back to dairy intake, but I couldn’t opt for whole milk consumption and rather chose Nestlé a+ Slim milk to ensure that I was getting the goodness of milk at fewer calories. My acidity problem was also addressed as a glass of cold low-fat milk did wonders to my food pipe and there was no more reflux. I also started taking slim yogurt instead of switching back to normal yogurt for the same reason.
I am happy that I made a balanced choice for my health. After all, with the range of products available in the market now, you don’t need to make tough choices and sacrifices as far as your health is concerned. Women have very tedious and demanding lifestyles; they should never cut down on an easy source of calcium and vitamin D just like that and end up inviting a whole lot of health problems in future.