Chill out - how cold milk and milk products may be better for you

One thing we all know about milk and milk products is that they need to be stored at a low temperature in order to preserve their freshness.

But you might not realise that consuming cold milk could actually be better for you than eating or drinking food and drink prepared at very high temperatures.

When food is cooked at very high temperatures, or aged over a long period before consumption, 'advanced glycation end-products' or AGEs form within it.

These are linked with various diseases, and may even contribute to the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to newly published research in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Cooked meats contribute most AGEs to the typical diet, with fish and vegetable oils also among the usual suspects.

Milk and milk products that have not been processed at high temperatures, along with other dairy products like eggs, are usually among the lowest contributors.

That suggests that dairy products, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, could all work together to make for a healthier diet in the long term.

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