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Nutrition
Milk, the taste of childhood

Rich in calcium, milk is essential for the development of bones and muscles
  


Have you ever wondered what life would
be like without milk? In the first weeks of life breast milk is the only food a baby knows. After a while babies start on formula.  Milk is used for a few months until the babies can digest other foods. In the animal world the offspring of many species also feed on breast milk. This illustrates the importance of milk in our lives, especially during childhood and adolescence. Milk is a valuable food, as it provides our body with the calcium, protein and vitamins (A, D and B12) it needs. Drinking milk helps boost the immune system and builds strong bones, muscles and teeth, and also prevents a range of diseases.

 

Drinking milk in adulthood

According to nutritionists, from 6 months to 10 years of age, a child should drink up to 3 cups of milk a day. In adolescence, the ideal is 2 cups. From 18 to 50 years of age milk is not so important. Adults can replace milk with dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, and other types of food rich in protein and calcium. However, for people over 50 years of age, milk is important again. At least that is what a recent survey conducted by a Canadian university says. According to this study, milk is more effective than water in hydrating children and people over 50 years of age. Although milk is a highly nutritious drink,  some people are allergic to it and some people are lactose intolerant.

  

Vocabulary
1 bone – osso
2 breast milk – leite materno
3 formula – substituto do leite materno
4 offspring – aqui = filhotes
5 to provide – fornecer
6 dairy products – derivados de leite

Foto 1 (página de entrada) – Carla Peroni
Foto 2 - Arian Becerra