Last Updated on August 18, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
Is Milo healthy?
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Is Milo Really a Healthy Drink Choice?
Contrary to popular belief, the nutritional merits of Milo might not be as stellar as one would expect. Many choose Milo as their preferred breakfast drink. But could there be better, healthier options for your morning routine?
In 2018, Nestle faced backlash when health experts challenged its 4.5 health star rating for Milo. They pointed out that consumers typically use only three tablespoons of Milo per glass of skim milk, yet this is how the 4.5-star rating was calculated. Some health experts and consumer group Choice believe that given common consumption habits, Milo should instead be rated at 1.5 stars.
Still, Milo is promoted as an Energy Drink, urging daily consumption. This poses the question: Is Milo genuinely healthy?
The Sugar Content in Milo: A Cause for Concern
Milo’s composition raises eyebrows, particularly when sugar content outweighs other ingredients like malt, cocoa, and milk. Consuming high-sugar products can be detrimental to our health, leading to several complications when taken excessively.
The Malaysian Medical Association cautions against excessive Milo consumption, pointing out that a 100g serving contains a whopping 40g of sugar. And excessive sugar intake isn’t just about weight gain—it can increase triglycerides, boosting heart disease risk and has been linked to conditions like diabetes.
Interestingly, Milo’s glycemic index is comparable to that of Coke, which is notable considering the latter’s sugary reputation.
The Hidden Additive: Maltodextrin
Another concerning ingredient in Milo is Maltodextrin. Despite originating from natural sources, it undergoes considerable processing. This compound can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar, making it especially risky for diabetics. Additionally, there’s evidence suggesting that Maltodextrin can disturb gut bacteria balance, exacerbating conditions like Crohn’s disease.
Does Milo Contribute to Weight Gain?
A frequent Milo drinker needs to consider its caloric impact. Any beverage or food consumed beyond your daily calorie needs can lead to weight gain. Using tools like calorie calculators can help you understand and manage your intake better.
Other Points to Ponder:
- Caffeine in Milo: The beverage does contain small amounts of caffeine and theobromine, mainly from cocoa.
- Does Milo Aid Sleep?: The magnesium in malted drinks, like Milo, can promote relaxation. However, warm milk and honey can have a similar effect.
Despite its branding as a health drink, a closer examination of Milo’s ingredients suggests otherwise. High sugar content and the presence of additives like Maltodextrin make it a less-than-ideal choice for daily consumption.
For a deeper understanding of why Milo might not be the best health choice, check out the informative video below.
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