Do You Boil Milk Before Drinking Or Offering To Your Child? Think Again!


We’ve seen our moms do it, and we continue to do it too. Boiling milk every morning has been a routine for most of us. Correct? But according to a recently published article in The Times of India, boiling ‘pasteurized’ diminishes its nutritional value. Dr Anil Kumar, assistant professor, Department of Food Science and Technology at GB Pant University, adds, “Pasteurized milk can be stored at less than 4 degree Celsius for atleast seven days. If you boil this milk, you are only lessening this time period.


Researchers and nutritionists believe that the 19th century method of pasteurization works to keep milk fresh. During pasteurization, milk is heated at extremely high temperatures (upto 161.6 Fahrenheit for 15 seconds) and cooled immediately before it goes for packaging. It is believed that this helps keep the milk fresh.


Traditionally, we are used to boiling fresh dairy milk, many experts point out that this practice has continued even with the packaged pasteurized milk. Professor Saurabh Gupta of Food Cooperation of India (FCI) explains, "When we are heating milk to such a high temperature during pasteurization, we are increasing its shelf life. If we boil this milk further, we end up lessening its shelf life."




So think again before you put the milk on the gas burner today!


This article was originally published in The Times of India.


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laveena lobo

ive stopped milk and all its products.. seen a great change in kids health n mine....milk these day is adulterated.. you need to go to a farm with grass feed cow n drink its milk direct within first half hr..
for those interested read--- eat health or extinct by darrly dsouza , milk the silent killer by Dr.sharma 


laveena lobo i have heard the same. Milk isnt clean and not good for kids. Some article on fb so not sure how to trust

Kaushal Sovani

agree laveena lobo with rampantly available adulterated milk, it causes more harm than good. There are many other substitutes one can have.
Priya Sood chk this article Could Milk And Speech Delay be Related? Find Out For Yourself. So this one is for children who are "at risk". However lot of parents (Whose children were not "at risk" have shared too,  that after stopping dairy completely have seen an improvement in their child's overall health.


i don't boil pasteurized milk nd keep it in freezer to keep it fresh for longer. but if not kept in freezer then one must boil it to keep it fresh.

Akshaya Naresh

I have never heard about this!

Priya Iyer

Tenzin yewong Ashik Islam Suchita Nalawade Dhairya Shukla sana sana shachi bansal Niyati Shah - Averti seema sainani Anshu Bhojnagarwala (firsttimemommy)


I wish I knew this before

Sameena Yousuf

alternative for milk

Priyanka Maheshwari@Momzjourne

M so glad i have found a source for fresh milk.. they dont boil n bring it to is in glass bottles...

Jyoti Rohra

Hey priyanka frm whr u brought fresh glass bottle milk?

Priyanka Maheshwari@Momzjourne

Jyoti Rohra .. u stay at thane.. i get mine from panvel.. lemme know if you want the details..

Jyoti Rohra

I stay in kalyan

Zegna Fayas

I wish I knew this before

Keshika Garg

Actually don't know what to believe. I've also read that the process of pasteurisation is also not good for health. It ends up creating certain compounds in milk which lead to issues like arthritis on long term. Milk is supposed to be consumed fresh but then you really don't get fresh milk!!

Amruta pathak

Actually it is confusing now.; pediatricians say that milk n milk products are; the best source of nutrition. N till time i have not experiance any negative effect on my child. In fact I m finding him more healthy with milk . Yeh thats true that we reduce the life span n burn nutrients by; boiling the milk. But another way to regain its nutrients is also that we can warm it n use.

Leena Upadhyay

Sorry, not agree with this that milk kills, I know at least it is providing calcium to me n my baby. Instead of taking calcium tablet it is best way to have milk, home made paneer, curd, etc.
Plz think once what you eat everyday, bred, veggies, biscuits. Do you really feel it is safe to eat. Veggie with pesticide, biscuits n bread with preservatives, which causes cancer.
Nowadays whatever we eat its not safe so we didn't stop eating right. If possible take milk from dudhwala bhaiya but plz don't stop drinking milk

Mariyum Aaquib @ina’s n mumma’s

My daughter's pediatric hs suggested to stop milk and dairy products because she hd hd severe stomach infection. The culprit may be in maximum cases is blotting paper that sticks the intestinal walls. @priyasood helpful post.

Mariyum Aaquib @ina’s n mumma’s

Bt i cnt tag u anytime😐 @priyasood

neha singhal

Is Amul milk good??; Wats the alternative for milk thn? How will a child grow with formula milk?

Vipra Naik

Priyanka Maheshwari@Momzjourne can u share details where u get milk from I stay in Kamothe

Bhavika ghanshyam

My bays 4 1/2yr can I give to milk

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