Milk is considered to be one of the healthiest sources of calcium, vitamin D and potassium and has plethora of benefits to offer. While most people prefer drinking hot milk, some may also like it cold. Hot milk is exposed to heat and may or may not change chemically and nutritionally, whereas cold milk has all the nutrients intact. Have you ever wondered what difference do these two may have? Are they nutritionally different to each other? Is one healthier than another? If you haven't given it a thought yet, here's what you should know.
According to Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora, "Hot or cold milk depends on the weather and time. Cold milk is good when consumed at daytime during summer as it cools the body and reduces pitta. Whereas in winters, one must avoid cold milk and instead drink hot turmeric milk in order to nourish the body and keep it warm. Milk, taken at wrong timing and unsuitable climate conditions, may cause mucus and cause various health problems."
According to Chief Nutritionist Priya Bharma, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, "Both types of milk are equally nutrient dense. Their suitability depends upon the weather conditions. You shouldn't consume chilled milk during winters as it might give you cold and cough."
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Cold milk is good when consumed at daytime during summer as it cools the body
How is hot milk beneficial?
One of the main benefits of hot milk is that it is easily digestible and also prevents uncomfortable digestive symptoms including diarrhea and bloating. Hot or warm milk may also promote a sound sleep as it contains amino acid called tryptophan that produces sleep inducing chemicals serotonin and melatonin that can help you sleep better.
How is cold milk beneficial?
Cold milk surprisingly comes as a beneficial potion. It is one of the best relievers for acidity that causes burning sensation. Moreover, high amount of calcium can prevent acid build-up and absorbs excess acid produced, further reducing its symptoms. It is packed with electrolytes that can help your body fight dehydration. Drinking cold milk early in the morning can keep you hydrated through the day. However, avoid it during sleep time as it may promote digestive issues. Cold milk is also known to be a natural face cleanser.
Cold milk surprisingly comes as a beneficial potion
Which one makes for a better drink?
Milk itself is an undisputed superfood and can be consumed in more ways than one. Both have quite a few benefits to offer and can be consumed without any worry. However, remember to drink either of them according to the climate suitability in order to extract all the goodness. Make sure you are not lactose intolerant, as both of the types may not suit your health.