Drinks that are not milk (soy, rice, almonds …)


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A species of antilácteos conscience is permanently present in our environment causing the reliance on milk thousands of negative aspects for health. This antilácteo positioning to which I refer also works as a kind of dial that offers different intensities. In the most light position of this position are those who defend their consumption only when the product itself has an ecological origin ; then there are those who ecological or not, milk will only be an acceptable product while it has not been subjected to any treatment including pasteurization (yes, I know it seems incredible, but this also exists) since apparently these processes are the cause of God knows how many evils; then there are those enemies at all costs of milk as an animal product that is and propose in substitution the consumption of other vegetable drinks, white , which they falsely call milk . On the side contrary to any of these positions are those who say that milk, the original, is little less than essential for proper maintenance of health and that it is necessary to take I do not know how many glasses or liters a day. How about clarifying these issues a little? After everyone does what they want, but whatever they do, please do not try to convince others of their approaches and, if you do, provide evidence.

Neither the “soy milk” nor the “other” … are milk

Before continuing, it is essential to make some semantic-legal clarifications . In the food context, the legislation warns that the name “milk” refers to:

The normal mammary secretion of dairy animals obtained by means of one or more milkings without any type of addition or extraction, destined to the consumption in the form of liquid milk or to further elaboration

In case this definition had not been clear, the same legal text makes the following clarification (I suppose knowing the multiple abuses that are committed in this regard):

Only “foods” that meet the defined definition can be called “milk”

So, neither soy “milk”, nor almond “milk”, nor rice “milk” … nor “milks” several. The denomination of these products will be, normally, “drink of … ” or “drink based on extract of …” which corresponds in each case (you can check it by going to your fridge or looking in the supermarket).

Are these drinks a good substitute for real milk?

Image result for substituteThe answer is depends. It depends on what, I mean. From a strictly nutritional point , as you can imagine, they do not have much to do , so as a substitute in this aspect, neither good nor bad, they simply are not. At this point it is necessary to clarify that if something stands out milk as food and something has been recommended so insistently (until almost to the vehemence) is its richness in calcium and being a dietary source of this mineral especially important (Remember that being rich in a nutrient and being at the same time a good source of it does not have to be a consequence of the other ). But it is not by far the only dietary source of this mineral, according to the “manual” Krausse Dietoterapia 12th ed , green leafy vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, spinach, small fish bones, clams and oysters , are, among others, good sources of calcium . In addition, it can also be some enriched drinks (in calcium, it is understood), such as soy, as other enriched juices can contain both calcium and cow’s milk .

But it is necessary to make two clarifications for those who read too quickly: 1st in these last cases refers to enriched drinks (I say this so that lovers of the “natural” have it in consideration ) and; 2nd Having as much calcium as milk does not mean, I insist, that the product ends up being such a good dietary source like this one ; the questions of bioavailability, the presence at the same time of other nutrients that facilitate or hinder its absorption, etc. are also elements to be taken into account.

However, this type of drinks could be a good substitute as an interchangeable item for reasons of convenience (who likes it, of course). Let me explain, if someone has decided not to drink milk for whatever reason and at breakfast time, they would like a coffee “with milk” or a cup of soluble cocoa to use as a substitute the soya , almond drink or whatever, It will be more convenient than, for example, mixing the coffee with the orange juice or putting the cocoa powder in a glass of warm water …. for saying something.

So what is better to drink: milk or soy drink?

Image result for what is betterThis question is similar to what is best to take: sliced ​​bread or slices of mortadella? That is to say, if by its best it refers to its effects on health … they are not nutritionally comparable foods . But do not spread panic. If you want and you like it, you can take both , milk and soy drink … or four: milk, soy drink, bread and mortadella. Also, whether something is good or bad will depend, as we saw in this input of multiple factors. At the moment the frequency with which it is consumed and its quantity and, in addition to the rest of our diet and the rest of our life.

But, in the end, do we have to drink milk?

No. Neither is it obligatory, nor indispensable , nor, in the strict sense, would I say that it is advisable to give a certain milk intake a day. In fact, the most recent recommendations on milk, I mean those that seem more accurate, refer to milk as a food , without giving it a greater importance and without assigning a group of food, with its frequency and quantity of consumption . These recommendations I am talking about are those of the School of Public Health of Harvard University. Although, as you know, other recommendations such as those of the US Government and more in our environment, those of the Ministry of Health , continue to give milk and dairy products in general an “indispensable” daily role within the recommendations. Moreover, in the case of the plate of healthy eating at Harvard University the allusion to the dairy issue is to refer to control their quantity rather than to encourage their consumption . That is, milk if you want to, but do not go over it and especially do not use it as a “drink” to replace water (something more common outside of our Hispanic environment) .

In summary, whenever you have an adequate diet, milk is one more food on which it is not necessary to make specific recommendations, nor are they made on the consumption of tomatoes or of the pipes of clabaza, to say the least.

Now, saying this and believing the conspiranoid ideas that are often heard about milk are not the same thing ( this sketchy summary document is essential to illustrate this nonsense taken from the illustrious ” Discovery Salud “). So, neither damn, nor blessed, when you hear about milk that you know that … white and in bottle.

As the dairy theme goes a long way, I suggest that if you want visits these other entries:

  • The so-called “growth milks”: unnecessary and expensive
  • “Daisy”, the cow that gives hypoallergenic milk
  • The intriguing numbers at the base of milk “cartons”
  • Intolerances that are milk: lactose intolerance
  • Lactose intolerance: Food and people involved
  • Is the Human Being the only one who consumes milk after breastfeeding?
  • Dairy products do not increase mucus
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BM calls for more space for private sector infrastructure in Latin America

BM calls for more space for private sector infrastructure in Latin America

The World Bank (WB) today urged Latin American governments to take advantage of the “potential” of the private sector to overcome the infrastructure deficit that is dragging the region at a time when several countries are going through by hard “fiscal adjustment processes”.

There are options available to increase the participation of private capital at a time of weak economic growth for the region, said the vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, Jorge Familiar, at a seminar held on Thursday in Sao Paulo.

“Now that there is talk of reviving growth, infrastructure is at the center of the discussion and in Latin America we do not have the infrastructure that we need and that we deserve,” denounced the WB high official.

Familiar recommended that, given the “complex moment” that some countries are going through with deep “fiscal adjustment processes”, it is necessary that “the potential of the private sector be fully exploited”.

For this, he opted for “a new paradigm” with respect to investments in infrastructure that privileges “efficiency and effectiveness” with greater public-private initiatives and always based on “absolute transparency”.

The World Bank considered that Latin America must increase efficiency in infrastructure spending, since it represents only 2.8% of its gross domestic product (GDP) annually, compared to 7.7% in East Asia and the Pacific or the 6.9% from the Middle East and North Africa.

“Let each peso, real or dollar be invested and used in the best possible way,” said Familiar.

According to the report “Private financing of public infrastructures through public-private partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean,” presented Thursday in the capital of São Paulo, 17 countries already have units to develop public-private partnerships.

These alliances represent “close to 40% of the annual investment commitments” in infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean, the text said.

The report shows, however, that private capital represents “less than a third of the total financing” of public-private partnerships, and that about half of these alliances in Latin America received some type of government support between 2010 and 2014 .

For the World Bank, the programs of Chile and Mexico are the most successful in the region, especially in the transport sector, in line with Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which also have extensive trajectories in this type of associations.

However, “all those markets have problems to solve to create a competitive bidding environment,” the document added.

The agency highlighted that Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela “still have not developed viable public-private initiatives”.

“We have to eliminate normative uncertainty, strengthen procurement processes because when they are inefficient or not very transparent, they generate excessive and unnecessary costs,” explained Familiar, who pointed out that “we must use public resources, which are scarce, only for investments. who need it. “

In this regard, the institution stated in the document that “most of the countries of the region still face difficulties with the adequate preparation of projects, which go to tender without an adequate basis” for their execution.

For his part, the Minister of Finance of Brazil, Henrique Meirelles, said in his speech that constant changes in the regulations of Latin American countries hit a “very negative” private investment in infrastructure in the region.

“One of the most negative things in infrastructure investment is that countries change the rules from one year to the next,” explained Meirelles.

The Brazilian Planning Minister, Dyogo Oliveira, who also participated in the event, highlighted that Brazil, in addition to the deep structural reforms it has in its agenda, is preparing new regularization frameworks for the telecommunications or mining sector in order to attract more investment. .

Oliveira stressed that he works on the “simplification of the concession process” for small projects that are carried out through public-private partnerships.

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