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Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by Admols(m): 5:19pm On Jun 24, 2019
A Nigerian doctor by name Olufunmilayo decided to break the myth concerning the practice among Nigerians taking a Malt and Milk drink in the hopes that it will help replenish their blood levels.

Is there any truth to this?

It all started when a random twitter user by name Accidental Engineer posted a picture of a tin of peak milk and Maltina with the caption “Sco Pa Tu Manaa” to which Doctor Olufunmilayo quoted saying
“This is not a blood tonic This is not a blood tonic This is not a blood tonic. This is not a blood tonic. This is not a blood tonic. This is not a blood tonic. In case this is not clear enough: THIS IS NOT A BLOOD TONIC. It is a myth and a lie. There’s no truth to it. AT ALL.”
He further went in the thread to explain:
“Okay let’s analyse this a bit further. Let’s look at the content list for Peak Milk and Maltina. I just took a picture of Peak Milk tin in my kitchen and downloaded an internet page on the contents of Maltina- let’s look at what they contain.

“So according to that image, Each 100g of Peak Milk contains 28.3g of Fat (of which 19g is “saturated fat” which is actually bad fat- very bad medically for your heart). 37.1g carbohydrates. 25g protein. 506 kilocalories of energy. And the rest are salt, vitamin A and D.”
“So essentially Peak Milk is mainly fats, carbohydrates and protein. “Blood tonics” need to be rich in IRON- that is easily absorbable by the body- because this is what your body needs and uses to make blood! And unfortunately, Peak Milk has NONE of that. There is NO Iron in it.”

“So what am I saying in essence, for ANYTHING to “give you blood” or help you build blood- it has to be a rich source of IRON- because that’s what your body needs to build blood. That’s why when you blood is low, doctors give you IRON Sulfate capsules which you take for it.”
“And that’s why ANYTHING that would be considered a “blood tonic” MUST BE a rich source of Iron. Look at the images of actual blood tonics and see that they are ALL rich sources of Iron and that is stated on the pack. So IF something is NOT rich in Iron, it can NOT give blood.”
“So does that make sense so far? IF it is NOT rich in Iron, it cannot help you to build Hemoglobin and Red Blood Cells- which is essentially what you need to “build blood”. Do you understand? So this is why doctors just laugh at the popular myth of “malt and milk give blood”

“And in fact, shall I shock you more? The Peak Milk bottle clearly says on it that it’s NOT rich in IRON, It is boldly written on it. So IF you are hoping to “build blood”, and you are drinking Peak Milk- you are actually wasting your time. And money.”

IF anything at all, all those Milk is high in “saturated fats”- which as I said earlier on is “bad fat” for your heart. Regularly taking in large amounts would make you fat, increase bad cholesterol “LDL”, can give you hypertension, heart disease and a heart attack. Be careful.
I’m NOT saying don’t take it at all. I’m only saying as an adult, it has risks for your heart and on your health IF you take large amounts of all those milk on a consistent continuous pattern. Because of the high calories and fat. You have to learn how to limit it and cut down.

Okay let’s analyse the Maltina. What does it contain?
Again you see that Maltina – like any malt drink- is mainly calories and carbohydrates (sugar) with very little fat and vitamins. That’s all. There is NO Iron whatsoever in Maltina. NONE AT ALL.

So you now see my argument as a medical doctor on this myth of “Maltina and Peak milk gives blood”. Maltina has NO Iron. Peak Milk has NO Iron. Iron is what your body needs to build blood. Do you now see that it makes no medical sense to continue to believe this deceitful myth?

Unfortunately, some Nollywood movies and many uninformed elderly people have pushed this narrative for so long that no one ever bothered to check or ask questions. But actually, it is NOT true. Milk and Malt will NOT give you Blood. If you feel you need blood, see your doctor.

“But what about Ugwu and Milk”?

Now this is NOT a myth. It is TRUE. It works. Not because of the Milk but because of the Ugwu. And it is the same principle- Ugwu is known as Pumpkin. Pumpkin is actually rich in Iron. And of course Iron helps to build blood as I said earlier.
Ugwu is known to contain high levels of Iron actually. So definitely Ugwu can help you build your blood.
Infact, the Igbos have used Ugwu as natural blood tonic for centuries. And they are right on that. That’s NO myth.

“But they give us Malt and Milk after donating blood”
Actually, that’s a “thanks for coming”, dears. They are not giving you back your blood AT ALL. Don’t be deceived. It’s just an incentive for you to donate. It’s NOT blood replacement. I hope this is clear enough for us all.

SOURCE:
https://aprokodoctor.com/2019/06/23/can-malt-and-milk-give-you-blood-nigerian-doctor-explains/

Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by Jmk9292(m): 5:45pm On Jun 24, 2019
If education is costly then try ignorance......
Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by BoboKush(m): 6:05pm On Jun 24, 2019
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Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by blizard44: 6:15pm On Jun 24, 2019
Me I know saw there is nothing 'bloody' in the mixture.

I just love the creamy taste.

Chilled malt and milk, on a very good day, restores one's head to Factory [ village ] setting after a very lengthy day in traffic - after you must have off clothe and spread leg in the sitting room - lol.

It might not give blood but it gives that feeling that it does something good to your body, and that itself, is satisfactory .��

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Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by punisha: 7:39pm On Jun 24, 2019
blizard44:
Me I know saw there is nothing 'bloody' in the mixture.

I just love the creamy taste.

Chilled malt and milk, on a very good day, restores one's head to Factory [ village ] setting after a very lengthy day in traffic.

It might not give blood but it gives that feeling that it does something good to your body, and that itself, is satisfactory .��



Chilled malt and milk, after u have off clothe and spread leg in the sitting room u forgot to add...
Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by blizard44: 8:14pm On Jun 24, 2019
punisha:




Chilled malt and milk, after u have off clothe and spread leg in the sitting room u forgot to add...
Haha.
I'll modify.
Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by Nobody: 9:40pm On Jun 24, 2019
I'm sorry but I beg to differ. Peak milk contains Iron, Vit B12 and Folic acid in significant quantities which are the ingredients needed for the formation and utilisation of red blood cells. I don't know about Malt drink but I may be wrong unless he can back his data with sufficient evidence.

Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by meobizy(f): 11:41pm On Jun 24, 2019
KingMEXX:
I'm sorry but I beg to differ. Peak milk contains Iron, Vit B12 and Folic acid in significant quantities which are the ingredients needed for the formation and utilisation of red blood cells. I don't know about Malt drink but I may be wrong unless he can back his data with sufficient evidence.
Don’t mind the lab technician.
It is always the jambites or those about to write MBBS who spout the most rubbish.
Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by d33types: 2:37am On Jun 25, 2019
KingMEXX:
I'm sorry but I beg to differ. Peak milk contains Iron, Vit B12 and Folic acid in significant quantities which are the ingredients needed for the formation and utilisation of red blood cells. I don't know about Malt drink but I may be wrong unless he can back his data with sufficient evidence.

You are funny o. Okay let me explain to you

From the label you posted ,100g of peak milk has 0.17mg of iron

Mind you the 1100naira peak milk is 400grams. Meaning the whole tin of milk has 0.68milligrams

The daily requirement of iron is about 18mg per day but when you are hoping to build blood, you need up 130mg elemental iron per day

Do the maths , that's 191 tins of milk per day to get 400milligrams.
Isn't it this better to buy fesolate tablets of 400mg (130mg elemental iron) for 200naira?

Summary: when you require blood and you use a whopping one quarter of a peak milk tin (the one of 1100naira), you will get only 0.17g of iron but your body needs a minimum of 130mg (which is contained in 400mg fesolate tablets)

meobizy:

Don’t mind the lab technician.
It is always the jambites or those about to write MBBS who spout the most rubbish.



Olodo.you know nothing. Read to learn

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Re: Can Malt And Milk Give You Blood? Nigerian Doctor Explains by Nobody: 7:45am On Jun 25, 2019
d33types:


You are funny o. Okay let me explain to you

From the label you posted ,100g of peak milk has 0.17mg of iron

Mind you the 1100naira peak milk is 400grams. Meaning the whole tin of milk has 0.68milligrams

The daily requirement of iron is about 18mg per day but when you are hoping to build blood, you need up 130mg elemental iron per day

Do the maths , that's 191 tins of milk per day to get 400milligrams.
Isn't it this better to buy fesolate tablets of 400mg (130mg elemental iron) for 200naira?

Summary: when you require blood and you use a whopping one quarter of a peak milk tin (the one of 1100naira), you will get only 0.17g of iron but your body needs a minimum of 130mg (which is contained in 400mg fesolate tablets)

I presume we both are funny cos I also consider you funny too. If you go through the original post, the poster clearly said that Peak had NO Iron or anyway of building RBC in the body system. He even went further to say that Peak milk contained only fats and protein. Now, for a health professional, I consider such statement to be a bit reckless and misleading. There are better ways to formulate a message that you intend to share across.

But make no mistake about what I am saying, as a health professional too, I am strongly against the combination as a blood tonic over the conventional drugs we use. The point of my message is the fact that Peak contains Iron, Folic acid and B12 even though in minute quantities and it is misleading to discredit it as having none of such. Therefore, a better wording of his statement would have been better since he was passing an information to a large audience comprising of both the educated and uneducated.

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