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Milk was once promoted as the 'perfect food', cow's milk being an excellent source of proteins and calcium. Its principle proteins are albumin, casein and globulin. The latter is identical to human blood globulin and, as such, strengthens the immune system by providing antibodies.

In addition, milk contains a good balance of vitamins A, D, E, K and B2 and 1 litre of milk a day can supply approximately all the required calcium, phosphorus and fat. Milk is a fully digestible food except for those individuals who are unable to digest milk sugar, in a condition known as lactose intolerance.

However, milk has its drawbacks, as its increasingly considered to be a polluted food in that it may contain residues of antibiotics (used in udder inflammations), pesticides, hormones and steroids - but organic milk answers these worries.

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