Extra! Korea

May 2, 2009

Another good reason to drink milk

Filed under: food, health — extrakorea @ 2:46 pm

You already knew that milk is a good source of calcium, among other nutrients. Now there’s some evidence that drinking it with a meal can help you keep from gaining weight.

Drinking milk while eating helps one lose weight because milk helps to decrease the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of the rate and quantity of sugar that comes into blood.

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According to a report released by Japan’s National Institute of Public Health, the GI of boiled rice with dried seaweed was 94, but when a glass of milk is added, with total calories unchanged, the index decreased by approximately 37 percent to 59.

Similar results occurred when reducing the intake of white bread by 20 percent and drinking 100 ml of milk instead. However, excessive milk consumption is not recommended either because milk contains fat. Kang Jae-heon, a family medicine doctor at Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, recommends drinking low-fat milk if one drinks milk regularly.


For the longest time, it was impossible to get low-fat milk in Korea, but nowadays, you can easily purchase it at large supermarket chains like Home Plus and E-mart. Even one (though only one) of my neighborhood convenience stores carries it.

1 Comment »

  1. Not only is there 저지방 (low-fat) milk in Korea, there’s also 무지방/無지방 (non-fat) milk as well.

    I’ve heard, though, that a bit of fat, like from milk, is good because it makes the body feel fuller soon and it also helps in the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. I never really liked the taste of nonfat milk anyways.

    I’m glad that Korea (since about two or three years ago) is finally offering lactose-free milk, though when I’m in Korea I still end up putting soy milk on my cereal. I’m used to it now.

    Do you know if soy milk also has the potential to reduce GI? If not, I might consider consuming a bit more milk with my food again.

    Comment by kushibo — May 2, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

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