High in calcium and good for building strong bones – those are undisputed facts of milk. But do you drink it daily? According to a 2010 report by the Health Promotion Board, 50 per cent of Singaporeans do not consume milk daily despite knowing its nutritional benefits.
A first-of-its-kind study on milk consumption in Singapore found that adults aged 18 to 50 don’t see the importance of drinking milk, which can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis when they’re older.
Study author Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran, domain lead for Applied Nutrition and Glycemic Index Research said “The lack of motivation among adult Singaporeans to change their daily diets despite being presented with evidence of the benefits of milk in preventing chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes is particularly alarming. This is especially worrying given our rapidly ageing society, when one in four Singaporeans above age 65 will develop a chronic disease.”
Here, we debunk six commonly-held beliefs about milk, so you have more reason to start drinking.