We all grow up by drinking milk – from our dear mum or yummy bottles. Human is so advantaged than any other mammals – we get to enjoy milk well beyond our infant age when all other mammals cut off milk once weaning is over. But is this good for us?
That has been a subject of much scientific research, deliberation and even heated argument. When it comes to commercial, the winner is very clear: milk is great for people and everyone should drink milk everyday up to their ripe old age. The milk industry is one of the pillars of the farming economy in many countries.
Even for countries which traditionally not major consumers of dairy products have become a big market. One distinct example is China. Thirty years ago, infant formula is a scarce commodity when an absolute majority of the infants relied on breast feeding. For these who were deprived of mum’s milk, lotus root powder infused with sugar is a common substitute. Milk consumption is confined to mainly to power-entres such as Beijing, Shanghai and ethnic minority regions such as Inner Magnolia and Xingjian.
Milk had not been part of typical Chinese diet at all. Only certain ethnic groups such as Tibetans, Mongols and Uyghurs have dairy as a staple in their diet. Yet, they generally don’t consume fresh milk. Instead, they consume fermented milk products like cheese or yogurt in their original forms. Although the rulers of Qing dynasty brought the habit of dairy consumption into Beijing, it was not fresh milk but a fermented sour milk drink resembling yogurt. For hundreds of years, this habit of dairy consumption only occurred within the Beijing region and was uncommon outside Beijing.
Yet, in just three decades, milk consumption in China has grown from a virtually non-existent market into one of the largest and most significant. It is interesting to note that China’s diary consumption is almost exclusively fresh milk, as things like cheese and yogurt requires an acquired-taste and requires time getting used to. This differs from other countries where diary consumption is a mixture of fresh milk, cheese and yogurt. As China moved toward an open market economy and people’s lifestyle evolved towards the global consumer trends, China has become the largest dairy products market.
Just as Chinese consumer become more like any other consumer in the more developed Western countries, health patterns among Chinese catches up in tandem with food and lifestyle changes. A Chinese now has as much (even more) prevalence to become obese, diabetic or suffering from a heart attack as an average American or Australian. There are many factors for this undesired trend of onset of these ‘rich men’s diseases’ but we think that the excessive consumption of dairy milk is one crucial (yet overlooked factor).
Milk can cause lactose intolerance or allergic reactions, especially in children. That’s not something good. Some would know their allergy to milk and avoid it. Some may suffer from it without knowing for years when the reaction is mild. The impact to health from hormones in milk is still a hotly debated science and nutrition topic.
The milk-drinking culture was from some parts of Europe and popularized by American. This, contrary to the common impression, is not a tradition but is the by-product of industrialization and proliferation of consumerism. Ancient people in Europe, Central Asia actually don’t drink much milk but turn milk into other forms such as butter, cheese, lassi, yogurt and hundreds of more types. Such food forms have one thing in common: they are not milk though made from milk by fermentation though the use of bacteria.
Fermented milk products have some great advantages over fresh milk: It does not turn bad easily Presence of friend bacteria Nutrients made more available for absorption In short, fermented milk products, especially natural yogurt and kefir give all the benefits of milk and more yet without the lingering health risks from milk.
What’s Difference between Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream?
First, their similarity: they are all frozen treats many of us love! They are all made from milk.Ice Cream, just as the name suggested, has to have Cream. This means that enough fats must be present. That is agood thing for great mouth-feeling and enjoyment. But bad if one wants to lower calories intake or manage body weight.The process of making ice cream does not transform the chemical compositions of milk.
On the other end, yogurt ismade from milk through the process of fermentation, accomplished by using live cultures (yogurt bacteria). Thus,yogurt has a considerable different nutritional composition than milk or ice cream.Yogurt is generally a liquid drink. By frozen the liquid and serve it like ice cream, we get a treat looks and tastes like ice cream yet with lower fat and calories.
Probiotics – friendly bacteria in yogurt give extra boost to your drive tohealthier eating.At Yoguru, we use only truly natural and organic ingredients we sourced around the world based on quality, value to health and without compromise on tastes.
Our Original frozen yogurt is fat-free and awarded the seal of Healthier Choice.
Come and enjoy one today!