How healthy is your health drink?

How healthy is your health drink?

I have seen many parents running around behind their children with a glass of milk every morning.More often than not,that glass of milk also contains one of the many malt poeders that make drinking 'milk'more enjoyable for the children.
Not only children, a cold winter night or a painfully hot summer evening, tempts many of us to abide by the old- fashioned comfort of a bedtime drink to help us nod off.Here too ,the obvious choice is one of the many malted drinks now available as they are touted to be wholesome, especially those with added nutritious vitamins and minerals or those that claim to help you sleep better,think better and live better.
They are not as healthy as you might think , and are high in calories, saturated fats,salt and sugar -some contain as much as five teaspoons in a mug!
Although we assume these drinks, especially malted drinks ,help us sleep better,It is a myth .

Let us take a look at how some of the most commonly consumed malt drinks could cause some harm to general health without intending to :

Horlicks

Claim: The great family nourisher.Taller.Stronger.Sharper

Ingredients: Wheat flour,malt extract, malted barley ,milk solids,sugar minerals,salt, vitamins,
protein isolate.

Bournvita
Claims: Helps bild stamina and concentration,hence giving the confidence to take on challenges of life.
Ingredients: Malt extract,sugar cocoa solids, milk solids, caramel,liquid glucose,emulsifier, vitamins, minerals,raising agent,salt. Contains artificial flavouring substances.

Milo
Claim:Delicious,Nutritious, Energizing,
Ingredients:Malt extracts (barley),sucrose,milk solids,cocoa powder,palmolein oil, minerals,vitamins and antioxidants.

Complan
Claim: Complete planned food in a drink.
Ingredients:Milk solids, sugar, edible vegetable oil,malt dextrin,minerals(potassium,phosphate,calcium phosphate,zinc sulphate),vitamins(C,E,A,B, B6,B2,Folic acid,K,D,B12),antioxidants.

Boost

Claim:Unleash the power house in you.
Malt extract, wheat flour, milk solids,malted barley,sugar , minerals color, glucose,salt cocoa powder,acidity regulator(potassium bicarbonate),vitamins,nature identical flavoring substances,protein isolate.

Drinking Chocolate
Claim:Enjoy the wholesome goodness of this product.
Ingredients:Sugar, cocoa solids,contain artificial flavoring product.

SIDE- EFFECTS

Malt extracts(Barley)
Although it promotes bowel regularity and probably reduces the chances ofheart disease and certain cancers, beware of the side effects.

*The major side effects of all the soluble fibres, including barley malt extracts, is the development of intestinal gas or flatus. It is the beneficial bacteria in the colon that create intestinal gases from certain food sources such as soluble fiber.

*Unfortunately barley malt extracts requires plenty of water. Insufficient fluid may cause the fiber to swell and cause chocking or even rupture of the esophagus. Do not use barley malt extracts if you have difficulty swallowing.

*In some cases it can cause severe abdominal pain and vomiting.
*In minor case it can cause nausea, mild abdominal cramps,bloating and diarrhea.

White Sugar: Is empty calories, a stress food, it effects the heart, depletes energy,causes calcium lose from the body, leading to bone density,causes diabities, tooth decay, increases triglycerides level, increases constipation, hinders digestion,increase uric acid.

Salt: it is a stress food, causes water retention, leeches calcium from the body making it weak, causes uric acid, excess intake puts pressure on kidneys.

Artificial Flavorings and emulsifier: Causes headaches, insomnia, and hyperactivity, known to cause allergies,asthma and eczema.

Raising Agents:Headaches, nausea, irritability, muscle weakness, high blood pressure.

Liquid Glucose: It is the most concentrated form of sugar.

Potassium Bicarbonate: Causes allergies, unusual fatigue, weakness or cramps.

VERDICT

It is the psychological effects of a "Health Drink" that gives us a `feel good` factor. Any other drink that calms you down could have just as good an effect.
It is best to have your milk without any artificial flavorings. Addition of the vitamins and minerals are useful only for those who actually have a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Why add so many artificial vitamins and minerals when you can procure it in the natural form.

ALTERNATIVES

*Saffron with cardamom
* Natural vanilla essence
* Fresh Fruit
* Organic natural honey
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