The milk and dairy industry, which sits at the top of the US food industry, generates a huge amount of revenue for the US economy each year, which makes it easy for dairy farmers to lobby the government. Even the US government has found ways to increase the demand for milk by the American people in order to ensure the continued profitability of the milk industry.
Why are Americans not drinking milk anymore? There are many reasons for this, such as the increase in alternatives to milk and the rise of a vegetarian culture. The milk used to be a staple in the American diet. But now they can choose from almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk, and soy milk.
As shop shelves are filled with more and more choices, Americans are drinking less and less milk. In addition, for adults with milk allergies or lactose intolerance, plant-based milk is an excellent drink for calcium supplements, while being perfect for vegetarians.
This reporter has noticed that in recent years, the United States and the United Kingdom have taken up a vegan culture, which has become one of the reasons why traditional milk is not as popular as it once was.
The main components of milk are water, fat, phospholipids, protein, lactose, and inorganic salts. It is rich in minerals, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Whole Milk: 3% to 5% fat
Reduced-fat Milk: 2% fat
Low-fat Milk: 1% fat
Non-fat Milk/Fat-free Milk/Skim Milk: 0.1%-0.2% fat
It is important to note that although milk is good, it is not suitable for everyone.
1. People with acute gastritis and chronic superficial gastritis should not drink milk to avoid stimulating too much secretion of gastric acid and aggravating the condition or causing intestinal flatulence.
2, Patients with stomach ulcers should also drink less milk because the oligosaccharides contained in milk will cause bloating, burping, and intestinal tinnitus.
People who often drink milk for women who have drunk milk for a long time have white and smooth skin. Milk is rich in vitamin A. Drinking more milk can prevent dry skin. Middle-aged and elderly people who drink milk for a long time are less prone to calcium deficiency and have good bones.
Milk is rich in active calcium, one of the best sources of calcium for humans. Not only is it high in calcium, but the lactose in milk promotes the absorption of calcium in the human intestinal wall, with an absorption rate of 98%. For children, the lactose in milk promotes the growth and multiplication of lactic acid bacteria in the human intestine, thus promoting the absorption of calcium and other minerals, which is very important for physical development.
In terms of calcium supplementation, milk has a large amount of calcium, as well as vitamin D and lactose, which, when helped by the vitamin K and potassium and magnesium in soya milk, can increase calcium utilization more effectively and help improve bone density in young people; for menopausal women, because of the soya isoflavones in soya milk, they can delay calcium loss while drinking milk for calcium, playing a two-pronged role.