Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia —
The Ministry of Health’s ‘4 Healthy 5 Perfect’ guidelines have been shifted to ‘Balanced Nutrition’. However, milk remains a part of the daily diet of some people of all ages.
But there are also those who think milk only brings benefits to babies and children.
Is it true that milk has no benefits for adults?
“It’s a hoax. Milk is a food source rich in protein, calcium, and other nutrients that are healthy for bones. As long as there is no disturbance in digestive function, milk can be digested by all ages,” said Saptawati Bardosono, a nutritionist at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, via a short message to TOPNewsIndonesia.com, Thursday (10/6).
Ika Setyani, a nutritionist at Mayapada Hospital, revealed that milk still provides benefits for the body, especially for people who lack certain minerals and vitamins. However, milk actually only complements and completes nutritional needs. But mainly from food.
“Yes indeed, if adults do not eat properly, but only drink milk, it will not be healthy. Milk is only a complement, not the main food and not medicine,” he told TOPNewsIndonesia.com, Thursday (10/6).
He added that the nutrients in milk can also be found in other foods that are consumed daily. However, under certain conditions, there are people who need certain nutrients and cannot get enough from their daily food.
“For example people in the mountains. When they lack calcium in their bodies, they can drink milk that is milked from their farms. Because it is difficult for them to get extra calcium from food such as from fish.”
In addition, Saptawati added, adults who lack the enzyme lactase should not drink milk, especially cow’s milk. The enzyme lactase in the digestive system functions to break down lactose in cow’s milk.
If the level of the lactase enzyme is low, consumption of cow’s milk actually brings digestive problems such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Can’t drink cow’s milk doesn’t mean you can’t drink all kinds of milk. Lactose is only found in cow’s milk so you can drink alternatives to cow’s milk such as almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk.
“Cow’s milk can be replaced with plant-based milk from nuts. However, it must be formulated with good nutritional content [atau] fortified milk (plus its nutritional value),” he explained.
Meanwhile, different ages, different milk needs. No wonder you will find a variety of milk for various age levels. According to Saptawati, age-appropriate milk is intended to support certain health aspects at these ages. If you pay attention, usually milk for a certain age has a different content formulation from one another.
“[Sebaiknya] once or twice a day is usually to supplement nutritional intake from food,” he said.