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Nestlé has joined hands with millions of persons to celebrate the benefits
of milk for a healthy living on this year’s International Milk Day, a day
set aside to highlight the important role and contribution of dairy farmers
and to raise awareness about the goodness of milk.
In line with the company’s purpose of “enhancing quality of life and
contributing to a healthier future”, Nestlé is helping individuals and
families live healthier and happier lives. Milk is considered an essential
part of a healthy diet and forms the foundation for health in many cultures
as it is a good source of high-quality protein, calcium, and other
essential nutrients needed for a healthy growth, even beyond childhood.
Nestlé in Central and West Africa supports governments’ efforts to improve
nutrition, notably by way of public education and providing affordable
nutritious food and beverages, such as milk. On 1st June 2018,
Nestlé-Ghana organized a media workshop on the importance milk plays in
maintaining health and wellbeing. The event aimed to empower journalists to
educate the public on healthier diet choices by sharing expertise from a
range of national nutrition experts such as Dr. Nii Lante Amissah,
Lecturer at the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences of the
University of Ghana who shed more light on the importance of milk for all
stages of life.
Speaking at the workshop, Managing Director for Nestlé-Ghana, Mrs. Freda
Duplan said: “as we celebrate World Milk Day, I reaffirm Nestlé’s
commitment to address undernutrition through micronutrient fortification
and our ambition to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030”.
Over the course of life, inadequate intake of nutrients, such as calcium,
leads to weakening the bones, thus increasing the risk of fractures later
in life, particularly in women. Regular consumption of dairy products,
including milk, can help prevent diseases such as osteoporosis.
Moreover, many adults avoid milk due to concern about fat content or
inconvenient effects of lactose intolerance.
However, there are many ways to mitigate these effects and still benefit
from the nutritional benefits of dairy. Recent research has shown that
children and adults with lactose intolerance can build up tolerance over
time by regularly introducing small amounts of milk, which can slowly
change their intestinal bacteria and make lactose easier to digest.
Milk is naturally rich in calcium and a good carrier of micronutrient
fortification, making it viable, in the long-term, as way to deliver more
nutrition to large segments of the population.
Nestlé’s range of milk brands are developed to offer good nutrition,
especially micronutrients needed by growing children. To make these
nutritious products accessible to the widest number of families possible,
Nestlé makes these milks available in affordable formats. They are also
fortified with Iron, vitamin A and other micronutrients to contribute to
filling the micronutrient gap in people’s diet. “Today our affordable
fortified milks are present in the region, making a positive difference in
the lives of children around the world. In Central & West Africa,
Nestlé sold 810 million servings of fortified milk in 2017”, Russell
Lipchin, Business Executive Office for Dairy at Nestlé Central & West