By Bernice Bessey
A glass of milk or eaten with diaries a day, provides the body with essential nutrients such as calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and other vitamins necessary for one’s well-being, Dr. Nii Lante Amissah of University of Ghana Department of Family & Consumer Science says.
According to the health expert, milk is beneficial to all stages of life, due to the important nutrients and vitamins contained in it, making it effective for a healthy living, “since many Ghanaians fall short of [the] recommended glass of milk or milk products a day, adding it to beverage at mealtimes can play an important role in healthy eating and well-being.”
Dr. Amissah was speaking at a media workshop organised by Nestlé Ghana to mark ‘World Milk Day’ last Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Fiesta Royale Hotel, Accra.
He said many Ghanaians fall short of the recommended glass of milk or milk products like cheese and yogurt, thereby increasing incidences of anaemia and poor brain development.
He further added that malnutrition is even a cycle that can transit from a malnourished mother to children and to the next generation.
Dr. Amissah said two-thirds glass of milk for children a day, and a glass for adults, helps to boost the immune system.
He, however, warned that each stage in life required a particular type of milk, for which he recommended filled or low fat milk for adults, and was grateful Nestle has all the types to care for each stage’s needs.
He added that persons who have low milk intake are the ones who experience lactose intolerance – bloating abdominal, cramps nausea, diarrhoea and flatulence – should consume milk at a gradual pace to help their bodies produce enzymes to normalise the stomach.
Mrs. Freda Y. Duplan, Managing Director of Nestle Ghana, on her part, defused the assumption that milk is only good for children and harmful for adults, saying, “What’s good for children is also good for adults.”
She reiterated that milk offers the body important protein and nutrients, since inadequate intake of nutrients such as calcium would lead to weakened bones, increasing the risk of fractures later in life, particularly in women.
“As we celebrate World Milk Day, we reaffirm Nestlé’s commitment to address under-nutrition through fortification, and our ambition is to help 50 million children live healthier lives by 2030,” she stated.
She noted that many adults are trying to avoid milk due to fat its content.
Mrs Duplan urged that milk is not only used in beverages and baking, but also used in the preparation of other meals like sauce.
The event is aimed at empowering journalists to educate the public on healthier diet choices, by sharing expertise from a range of national nutrition experts.
Pix: Freda Duplan, MD, Nestle Ghana, Dr. Nii Lante Amissah, UG-Department of Family and Consumer Science Lecturer