Milk has been enjoyed by humans for an incredibly long time. Up until the early 20th century, people drank milk in its whole and non-homogenized form. With that shift came a significant loss of elements such as a rich flavor profile, until recently. There are many interesting facts about milk you probably didn’t know, so we’ve put together several that showcase milk’s fascinating history.
1. Frogs were put in milk to keep it from going sour.
In ancient Russia, and even more recently, a single frog was placed in a milk bucket in order to keep it from going sour. Oddly enough, it worked. What’s more, scientists who studied this preservation technique discovered several new antibiotics doing so.
2. Drinking whole milk over low-fat milk helps you avoid gaining weight.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, drinking high-fat whole milk has been found to help you avoid gaining weight. This is when it is compared with people drinking low-fat milk. It’s believed that whole milk is less likely to make us fat due to bioactive substances in it, which alter our metabolism to burn more fat.
3. Milk can be made into a bioplastic.
It’s possible now to make an odorless, biodegradable, and anti-static plastic that is insoluble in water. It’s even nearly impossible for it to catch on fire! This is thanks to the interaction of casein, which is contained in milk, and formaldehyde.
4. PA made it illegal to use milk crates for anything other than milk.
If you’re in Pennsylvania, be careful about using milk crates for carrying anything other than milk. If you use them for something else, it’s considered unauthorized use. Punishments include a $300 fine or even spending up to 90 days in jail. Ouch.
5. Milk was considered ‘food of the gods’ in ancient cultures.
Many cultures throughout the ages, and spanning the globe, placed milk in their foundational myths. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Indians, and others looked at milk as ‘food from the gods’ and kept it highly-valued.
6. Milk is a great post-workout recovery drink.
Whether you’ve just worked out or taken part in something physically-demanding, you can quickly recover thanks to drinking milk. The included carbohydrates, fat, protein, and micronutrients can benefit you more than some of the sports drinks promoted as being helpful with post-workout recovery.
7. Milk provides exceptional hydration.
If it is hydration you’re after, you’re going to get it with milk. In fact, it will provide you with 1.5x more hydration than water.
8. Milk is the official state beverage of 21 states.
If you live in one of the 28 US states that have an official beverage, then the chances are that it is milk. Out of those 28 states, 21 of them, including everywhere from New York to Oregon, have chosen milk.
9. Milk is one of the most nutritionally-dense foods on the planet.
Milk is one of the lowest-costing and more nutritionally-dense foods you can get today. It’s packed with nine essential nutrients our bodies need, including protein, calcium, potassium phosphorous, riboflavin, and niacin. There are also important vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.
10. Almost all milk produced today comes from family farms.
Over 98% of all dairy farms in the United States are actually family farms. That means that if you are buying milk, it’s almost certain that you are putting your dollar back into the national economy. And if you buy local milk, it will directly support local families that work on those farms.