As you may know, Milo, produced by Nestlé, is a chocolate and malt powder substance which can be mixed with hot or cold water to produce a beverage drink that is consumed in many parts of the world.
No doubt, It is a very popular beverage loved by children. In some developed countries, milo has been subsequently produced into a snack bar, chocolate cubes (choco milo) and breakfast cereals. Its composition and taste differ in some countries.
A lot of people consume any drink and don’t even know some facts they should know about what they are consuming well you can’t blame them.
Personally I decided to do some research about this beverage drink, after I experience a very painful stomach pain, bloating etc. I needed to know why as this was so unusual. Please note that I’m not saying Milo is the culprit, NO!!! but its just the inquisitive me always ready to know why I feel different after taking any meal /drink that upset my system, guess I had so much everyday for two weeks which I rarely have previously. So here are some facts about Milo beverage drink.
Not Everybody Can Drink Milo
The major ingredients Milo is made from are Cocoa, Milk, Malt and Sugar; it is there on the ingredients list on Milo sachets or cans.
Malt is mostly made from Barley or Sorghum and these grains are known to contain Gluten, which some people are hypersensitive to. If you must know, Gluten can be particularly damaging to your health. All grains, including other non-gluten containing grains like oats and corn, are bad because they contain gut irritating lectins and mineral binding phytates. But is seems Nestlé may have found a way around their product such that it does not contain gluten.
Milo Contains More Sugar
If you take a quick look at any Milo can or sachet, you would see that sugar is listed first before milk solids , malt extract then cocoa powder. What is however not clear to many people that are aware of this fact is what they mean by sugar – is it just sucrose that is the common sugar we use to sweeten food or the total sugar that is present as a result of other ingredients. For example, milk contains a sugar that is called lactose and it is not sweet. There is also maltose from the Sorghum used to produce malt and this might have contributed to the total sugar.
Milo Contains More Malt Than Cocoa
Many people have the impression that Milo is always referred to as a Cocoa beverage, therefore it should have more cocoa than any other ingredients in it. But from the labelling on cocoa cans and sachet, there is more malt by weight than cocoa inside.
You Can Get Addicted To Milo
Its not only coffee one can get addicted to; you can get addicted to chocolate drinks such as Milo. This is not just about Milo but about foods containing cocoa, as cocoa contains theobromine, a xanthine alkaloid similar to caffeine which is present in the cocoa used in the product; thus, like chocolate, it can become mildly addictive if consumed in quantities of more than 15 heaped teaspoons per day.
Findings in Australia and Switzerland have revealed that Milo dissolved in water has a glycemic index that is the same as Coke. Milo dissolved in water has a Glycemic Index (GI) of 55, the same as Coca-Cola but this can be brought down by using Milk instead of only water. What is Glycemic Index?
Milk has a much lower GI of 30 – 33, so mixing a very small amount of Milo into a mug of milk yields an overall GI closer to 33, and mixing a large amount of Milo into a mug of milk will give a GI closer to 55.
The glycemic index is a number associated with a particular type of food that indicates the food’s effect on a person’s blood glucose (also called blood sugar) level. The number typically ranges between 50 and 100, where 100 represents the standard, an equivalent amount of pure glucose. See photo
Please note that this article is not to criticize any product and make them look bad. In fact, many things shared here are pluses for Milo. This essence for this post is to enlighten people about what they consume.