Indian mothers have a prolonged habit of boiling packaged milk to assure that the heating has killed all the germs and will last longer when stored. Most Indian households drink packaged milk rather than raw milk considering the quality and price. We all are aware that boiling raw milk kills harmful bacteria to prevent any health hazards. It is a general tendency to boil both raw and packaged milk, however, it is imperative to understand that only raw milk needs boiling to remove any possible bacteria and packaged milk may not need boiling as it is already pasteurised. Read on to know if we should really boil milk before drinking it or leave it as it is.Pasteurised and Raw Milk: What's the Story?Before the availability of packaged milk, Indians bought milk directly from the dairy farms. Hence, they followed the process of pasteurisation (boiling in simple terms) to remove any pathogens, which are disease causing microorganisms. According to the book Diet & Nutrition: A Holistic Approach by Rudolph M. Ballentine, the need to preserve milk has led to milk being pasteurised. Considering the temperature milk is being pasteurised at, it may fail to destroy all the microorganisms that are present and may become difficult to digest. Boiling milk sterilises it without necessarily destroying its nutritional advantages. Fresh raw milk ,which has been brought to a boil, also has a taste often found more appealing than just ordinary pasteurised, homogeneous packaged milk.
Our Expert Nutritionist Dr. Shalini Manglani says, “It is absolutely okay to boil packaged milk, even if you are doing so out of habit. Some people like removing the creamy layer formed on the surface of the milk and some just like consuming it hot. There are no harmful effects in boiling the milk again and again; it wouldn't lose its nutritional value.”
It is Okay to Boil Milk Before Drinking!
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