Milk is a perfect food. It is a part and parcel of the diet of all young and old. It is essential for the proper growth of the human body. It is a balanced diet. It contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins in the ratio in which they are needed for the proper development of the body. This is why it best suit; babies and the sick.
Milk contains calcium. Newly born babies are fed on mother's milk. It helps in the formation of bones. Next to mother's milk, is cow's milk.
Milk should be boiled before it is taken. Before boiling, it should be strained through a piece of coarse cloth. Milk loses much of its food value if it is boiled for a longer time.
We prepare a lot of things from milk. They are butter, curd, lassi, cheese, cream and a number of sweets which sell like hot cakes. They are relished by every-body. We use milk in varying quantities in tea.
Milk in its purest form is rare now. People have become dishonest. They adulterate milk by adding water to it or they get cream extracted from it. These malpractices destroy the food value of milk.
These days tea is more popular than milk. Tea no doubt is cheaper but it is positively harmful for health. Milk strengthens friends bacteria in our body to resist diseases but tea destroys those bacteria. As far as possible, tea should not be given to children.
One main reason why the country people are stronger than city- bred people is that they get milk and milk products in greater measure than the people of cities. Lassi is their favourite beverage.