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Study Suggests Obese Children who Meet Milk Guidelines Have Less Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Milk intake may cut metabolic syndrome risk in obese kids

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Study Suggests Obese Children who Meet Milk Guidelines Have Less Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Study Suggests Obese Children who Meet Milk Guidelines Have Less Risk of Metabolic Syndrome. Pixabay

Is your child obese? If so, drinking at least two servings of any type of cows’ milk each day are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control — risk factors for metabolic syndrome, according to a study.

Metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of five conditions that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke–high blood pressure, high levels of blood sugar or triglycerides, excess belly fat, and low “good” cholesterol levels.

The results showed that children who drank less than one cup of milk each day had significantly higher levels of fasting insulin than those who drank less than or at least two cups a day.

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“Our findings indicate that obese children who consume at least the daily recommended amount of milk may have more favourable sugar handling and this could help guard against metabolic syndrome,” said Michael Yafi from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, US.

For the study, the team analysed 353 obese kids and adolescents aged three to 18 years and recorded information on daily milk intake, milk types, sugary drinks intake, fasting blood glucose, and insulin sensitivity.

The results presented at 2018 European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Austria, showed that kids who drank at least two cups of milk a day no association between milk intake and blood glucose or lipid levels.

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Another study, presented at the 2018 ECO, stated that dairy products had no link in the development of childhood obesity, as thought earlier.

According to the researchers, no evidence was found to suggest that body fatness varied by type of milk or dairy products, or with age of the children as opposed to the known belief. (IANS)

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Fortification of Milk, a Viable Strategy to Fight Malnutrition

Rath said about two billion people globally suffer from micronutrient deficiencies accounting for nearly 10 per cent of the global health burden

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38.4 per cent of children five years of age in India are stunted. Pixabay

The Milk Fortification project, a joint initiative of World Bank, Tata Trusts and National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), aims to process about two million tonnes of fortified liquid milk during the next 23 months to reach 30 million consumers as a strategy to tackle malnutrition.

Inaugurating an awarness workshop on ‘Sustaining Efforts of Milk Production in India’ on Friday, National Dairy Development Board Chairman Dilip Rath said Vitamin A and D deficiencies were widely prevalent in India.

“Fortification of appropriate foods with Vitamin A and D is a viable strategy to tackle micronutrient malnutrition,” he added.

Rath said about two billion people globally suffer from micronutrient deficiencies accounting for nearly 10 per cent of the global health burden.

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The Milk Fortification project, a joint initiative of World Bank, Tata Trusts and National Dairy Development Board. Pixabay

According to 2009 reports of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), India bears the burden of more than a quarter of the world’s Vitamin A deficient preschool children and more than 13 million susceptible infants to iodine deficiency.

According to National Family Health Survey-4 data, 38.4 per cent of children five years of age in India are stunted, 21 per cent wasted and 35.7 per cent are underweight.

“Milk in India has emerged as the best vehicle for fortification with its high volume of production, widespread distribution network, affordability and all around acceptability in the daily food habit,” Rath pointed out.

“We are world’s largest milk producing country and our per capita availability has now increased to 375 grams per day,” he added.

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Moreover, milk fortification was highly affordable and cost effective as it cost less than 2 to 3 paisa per litre, Rathid Rath said.

NDDB is providing consultancy service to World Bank for the implementation of the milk fortification project as well as technical and financial support to the federations for project implementation, including development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for fortification and testing, quality assurance and quality control for fortification, conducting fortification training building and developing promotion materials.

Rajan Sankar, Director, The India Nutrition Initiative (TINI), Edward W Bresnyan, Senior Agricultural Economist, World Bank, Madhusudan Rao, Nutrition Lead, Tata Trusts, Vivek Arora, Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts, Dr RK Marwaha, Member of scientific panel, FSSAI, Dr CS Pandav, Member, National Council for India’s Nutritional Challenges, Poshan Abhiyan, also participated in the workshop.

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Fortification of appropriate foods with Vitamin A and D is a viable strategy to tackle micronutrient malnutrition. Pixabay

The fortification is strictly carried out as per the SOPs developed by NDDB and FSSAI and the milk federations and producers have to regularly submit reports to the Board.

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According to the NDDB Chairman, of the 25 project proposals approved, fortification has been launched in 15 milk federations and trials have completed in 10 others. About one million metric tonnes of milk has been fortified so far. (IANS)