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Importance of National Milk Day in India

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

India is the largest producer of milk. While our country celebrates the World Milk Day on June 1 each year, it also celebrates National Milk Day on November 26th. This day marks the birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution in India. 

The significance of National Milk Day lies in the fact that this day celebrates the importance of milk in a person's life. It is the first food a child after birth and is perhaps the one food a person consumes throughout life. And not just humans, milk is the first food any living creature in the world is fed with. Yes, that's how important milk is. Every single nutrient which the human body needs on a daily basis are present in milk like protein, calcium, healthy fat, iodine, potassium, vitamin B2 and B12 and phosphorus.

And it is not just the nutritional value of this drink, milk and milk products are a million dollar industry in the world which feeds humans and the economy as well. Thus, it also celebrates the efforts of the people involved in this industry and their efforts to meet the dairy needs of people in the country. This is relevant for India as the country recently became the largest producer of milk in the world. 

On this day various activities and events are organized all over the country to establish the importance of milk for a person's overall health. All the nutrients required in a healthy and balanced diet are contained in this white drink. And it's not just milk, many other products made from milk like ghee, cottage cheese and yogurt satisfy the taste buds and add essential nutrients to the body as well. These products give people the motivation to include dairy foods in their diet which is a nutrition-dense blessing in disguise for them. Milk is the first food of a person and it is an important part of a child's diet for better health and growth. Until and unless a child is lactose intolerant, milk must not be excluded from a person's daily diet. 

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