15 Fun Facts About Milk

Milk is the food of infants and the food of gods. It is shared between species all across the globe and has been a staple in the human diet for centuries. Here are 15 fun facts about milk:

  • Milk is white because of its fat content. Although milk is composed of approximately 87% water, which is colourless, the fat and protein molecules floating inside it reflect all light wavelengths, making it appear white.
  • On average, a cow produces 25 litres per day over a period of 10 months. During peak lactation, a high-yielding cow may produce as much as 60 litres per day and up to 12,000 litres over her entire lactation.
  • A Brazilian cow called Marília FIV Teatro de Naylo surpassed a production record that lasted 39 years and was entered into the Book of Guinness World Records. Marília, a Girolando breed cow, produced 127,570 kg of milk in three milkings on one day during the 34th Milk Sands Tournament in August 2019.
  • In western Uganda, the King of the Bunyoro kingdom is called the Omukama. This title means “superior milkman” and refers to the king’s role as feeder of his people.
  • The world’s rarest cheese is made from donkey milk. It was long thought that it is impossible to make cheese out of donkey’s milk because the liquid doesn’t contain enough casein to coagulate. However, a Serbian cheesemonger, Slobodan Simić found a roundabout way to make it. His cheese sells at USD1000 per kg.
  • Milk is the only food that you can survive wholly on. No single vegetable, legume, or type of carbohydrate contains all nine essential amino acids that human require to build proteins, and a meat-only diet lacks the necessary Vitamin C. Milk, however, contains every nutrient we need—even as adults.
  • Lactating cows can drink as much as 200 litres of water daily, almost a bath full. This can almost double in the hotter months.
  • It takes 10 litres of milk to make half a kilogramme of cheese.
  • According to Greek mythology, the galaxy is formed out of the Queen of the Gods’ spilt milk. In the myth, Zeus’s wife, Hera, was pushing baby Hercules away when several drops of milk dropped from her breast and into the night sky. The name “Milky Way” is actually a translation of the Greek term for “milky circle,” the name ancient peoples gave to our corner of the universe.
  • World Milk Day is an international day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001.
  • The US dairy industry has repeatedly attempted to sue producers of dairy alternatives because they believe that only animal milk deserves the label “milk”. However, the word has been used for milk-like substances since 1200 AD, and in 2018, the court ruled that alternative milks like almond and soy milk are unlikely to be confused with dairy milk.
  • India is the world’s largest milk producer, with 22 percent of global production, followed by the United States of America, China, Pakistan and Brazil. India’s largest dairy export is skimmed milk powder; they export very few other dairy products.
  • Farmers who call their cows by name report higher milk yields than those that don’t. Compared to their nameless peers, cows with individual identities produce an average of 258 more litres of milk over a 10-month milking season, roughly an extra litre a day, a new study has found.
  • Tofu is “cheese” made from soy milk, whereas normal cheese is made from animal milk, and lastly……
  • Countries that drink milk win more Nobel prizes. According to a 2013 study, the nations whose citizens consume the most dairy per capita also win the most Nobel Prizes. Sweden is at the top of the list, with 31.855 prizes for every 10 million Swedes. On average, each Swede consumes 772 lbs. of milk annually.