For most of us, the most important thing to do after waking up each morning is making our morning cuppa. Whether you make one for yourself at home, or rely upon the chai wala who brings you the daily morning dose of caffeine; it is important to find out if your tea or coffee is made using healthy milk. Confused? You must be thinking “But milk is healthy.” Sure, milk is healthy but not all variants of it are. Here, I am talking about the reconstituted version of milk, which is quite popularly known as powdered milk. These days, powdered milk is said to have been added to most morning beverages to enhance the taste and texture of the same. But beware; it may not be healthy enough for daily intake. We list a few points of difference between fresh milk and powdered milk, so as to help you decide which one is best suited for you and your families.
It’s true that fresh milk and powdered milk share some major nutritional similarities. A cupful of fresh non-fat milk contains the same amount of calories that a cup of powdered milk with water would. Both variants contain 8 grams of protein per serving which contributes to a significant amount of our RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for protein intake. Another similarity is that both milk variants contain almost the same amount of calcium per serving. However, when it comes to vitamins, (especially the B complex vitamins like B-5 and B-12) fresh milk provides more B-complex vitamins than powdered milk. Vitamins B-5 and B-12 contribute greatly to the health of our nervous system, so we must in no way deprive our body of these.
Fresh milk is a better option when it comes to taking care of a weak thyroid. It provides a better amount of phosphorous and selenium which help in the enzyme and the thyroid function respectively. A serving of fresh milk provides 7.6 micrograms of selenium and 247 milligrams of phosphorus, while the same amount of powdered milk provides only 6.3 micrograms of selenium and 227 milligrams of phosphorous.
For best flavour, one should preferably use fresh milk in their beverages. While it is true that powdered milk had added flavours, there is a good chance that they are artificial and synthetic. Which means you must avoid giving it to children under the age of 3. For infants, mother’s milk is best, and the alternative would be baby food. For adults, fresh milk should be consumed within 1 or 2 days as after that, it starts to lose its nutritional properties.
For Indians, the best form of milk is one that is derived from the Indian cow rather than the Jersey cow. So my recommendation would be that you prefer fresh cow’s or buffalo’s milk over packaged and powdered ones.