Must Know Before drinking Milk

Milk has been a major part of our nutrition as far as humanity can remember, and the fact that it’s rich with proteins, calcium, potassium, and is a component of most recipes (well, the ones I cook at least i.e. cereal) only increase it’s daily consumption, however, there are some things you should look out for before drinking it, things that you must know before drinking milk.

Signs of a expired/rotten milk:

  1. Funny smell
  2. Clumps
  3. Puffy or Bloated container
  4. Sour and bitter taste
  5. Change in color
  6. Expiration date (the obvious one)

These are obvious ones, however, keep in mind, the smell of milk can be severly deceiving, this is because most of the time you are smelling the tip of the bottle which usually has formed some sort of the yellowish, dry and hard crust, people often use towels or kitchen paper as an object to wipe it with, this way they can get a better and more accurate smell of the milk.

Milk is freshest when it’s white, the more it leans towards light yellowy color the more it has aged which means a higher probablity of it being expired, holding it up to white light (keyword) should give you a good visual.

The milk container also becomes puffy or bloated when it’s expired, making it seem out of shape (literally), this happens because when it rots, it releases gases which are blocked from being released to the atmosphere by the lid, inevitably resulting in a distortedly shaped milk gallon.

If all fails, and you still suspect that it’s expired, pouring the milk out to the sink will show you if there’s clumps in it, of course don’t do this unless you have plenty of milk left.

Most milk gallons will last 3 days maximum from opening, a very small percentage can last 7-10 days, this entirely depends on the brand and the type of milk, it’s also worth to note that the less fat content in the milk, the more yellowish tint it will have.

If you’re not sure whether it’s expired or not, it’s advised to throw it in the bin, because most likely it is expired, and it’s not worth the insane stomach pains and possible infections from it.


Milk coating your stomach is a myth

Alot of people seem to believe the idea that drinking milk before/while drinking alcohol will somehow stop you from getting drunk as it “coats” your stomach, While this is not true, eating any food before/while drinking will slow down the absorption of alcohol, but only slow it down, it won’t somehow protect you from become drunk or “mortal” as they say, it’s also worth to note that no matter how much you eat your body will regardless absorbs alcohol much faster than any other nutrient like proteins or carbs, so sooner or later you will get drunk.


Milk decreases/prevents Osteoporosis

The high amounts of calcium in milk strengthen the bones and makes them less vulnerable to breaks and fractures.


 Children under 12 months of age shouldn’t come near Milk

Even though milk is conceived as one of those nutritions that are human friendly, research shows that it’s actually very difficult for the human being to digest, and since a child under 12 month is still developing at very vital and significant stages in it’s growth, cow milk will most likely result in bleeding, and for the child to adopt an allergy, and even more vulnerable to it if his/her family have a history of allergy.


Milk contains lactose

One of the obvious things that you should know, milk contains the type of sugars that a person who is lactose intolerant would not be able to digest, thus it’s advised to stay away from them, or use lactose digestive pills which help breaking them down when digested, even if you go with this method you may only drink a tiny little bit.

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