Milk is a commodity that is perhaps the oldest drink available to man. Its usage is even earlier to growing of food and grain. One can’t remember how ancient man got the idea of drinking milk, but over the centuries it is the most common of the foods available to man.
Milk is rich in protein, calcium and amino acids. It can be drunk straight or after boiling. Milk forms part of the cuisine of almost all nationalities. Italian-Americans and Indians including Eastern cooking all make use of milk. Items like beef and chicken are marinated in yoghurt or curd which is again a derivative of milk. Marinating these foods make the dishes more sumptuous. No chef’s course is complete without learning how to use milk in the menus to be served. The lactic acid contained in the milk makes the food juicy to eat.
Apart from cooking milk is an excellent food. It imparts nutrition to the human being and is recommended as a daily supplement for good health. A liter of milk can give you 40 grams of protein. Considering that a body requires about 1.5 gram of protein per KG of body weight, the importance of milk cannot be underestimated.
Humans drink the milk of cows, buffaloes and goats. Mahatma Gandhi drank only Goats milk and a goat accompanied him everywhere he went. Another form of milk is the milk from a camel. This is a staple food in the Arabian Desert. Camel’s milk drunk with dates and eggs fried in butter is a sure shot aphrodisiac. It greatly tones up the sex of the man. The first mention of this aphrodisiac was made in the ‘The Perfumed Garden’ and over the decades it is now accepted that this recipe will greatly tone up your system.
Milk also is a natural beauty product. Milk packs can be prepared for the face which will make the skin of a woman shine. In India Milk retails at about Rs 40-50 a liter and that puts it out of reach of the masses that live in poverty on a dollar a day. It’s a pity as rising population has made this drink out of reach of millions.