The health benefits of milk

What are the health benefits of consuming dairy products?

Dairy products are one of the main sources of calcium in our diet. This mineral is essential to the health of our bones and body in general; if there is a calcium deficiency, the body extracts calcium from the bones, weakening them and increasing the possibility of disease:

  • Protect against osteoporosis and, where this is already present, it is beneficial in its treatment. Osteoporosis is a disease caused by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.
  • Protect teeth, strengthens enamel and prevents tooth decay.
  • Reduce the risk of obesity, dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes.

In addition, it has been proven that the nutrients contained in dairy products have properties that benefit cardiovascular health:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Regulate cholesterol levels: Linoleic acid, present in dairy products, helps to regulate the normal cholesterol levels in blood.
  • Prevent metabolic syndrome: dairy products increase the HDL cholesterol fraction or good cholesterol. A low concentration of HDL cholesterol, together with other diseases, is associated with metabolic syndrome.

Also, the proteins in dairy products contain all the essential amino acids. These proteins are essential to:

  • Build and repair body structures
  • Increase and preserve muscle mass

Although no food is perfect, milk and dairy products are the ones that are closest to this ideal, because, compared with other food groups, they provide an important part of the variety and quantity of the nutrients human beings need (Esminger et al., 1995).

What is the daily dairy intake recommended by nutritionists?

Given its nutritional value, a daily dairy intake equivalent to 2 to 4 daily rations is recommended depending on age and physiological status.

* One serving of milk is equivalent to 200-250 ml – one cup. One serving of ripened cheese is about 30 g, and a serving of fresh cheese 60 g. One serving of yoghurt is 250 g.

Dairy products are powerful allies for bone health:

At what age can you start consuming cow's milk?

It is recommended that infants should be exclusively fed breast milk during their first six months. When this is not possible, feeding with adapted dairy formulas based on cow’s milk is recommended. Generally, after the first year, you can introduce cow’s milk into the baby’s diet, always the full-cream variety. In toddlers and children of school age, 2 to 3 servings of dairy products daily are recommended. To determine when to introduce dairy products into a baby’s diet, consult a paediatrician.

* One serving of milk is equivalent to 200-250 ml – one cup. One serving of ripened cheese is about 30 g, and a serving of fresh cheese 60 g. One serving of yoghurt is 250 g.

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Dairy products at different stages of life:


What is lactose?

Lactose is the sugar naturally present in milk, a disaccharide formed by glucose and galactose that aids the absorption of others nutrients present in it, in addition to having prebiotic effects that encourage the growth of bifidobacteria in the intestine.
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The value Únicla milk adds to our diet

How is Únicla different from conventional milk?

The profile of Únicla fatty acids is different and, thanks to the differential diet of our cows, it is naturally improved compared with conventional milks.

Ünicla has a 20% less saturated fat, three times more selenium, four times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and 4 times more omega-3 than conventional milk, in addition to containing EPA and DHA (which are absent in conventional milk). 

On the other hand, it contains 12% more polyunsaturated fatty acids than conventional milk. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are healthy fats that can help to lower cholesterol. 

Also, Únicla is the first and only milk to reduce carbon emissions by 20% in the entire production process compared with the same varieties of conventional milk, and is certified by AENOR Carbon Footprint.

Únicla is a natural source of selenium. Why is selenium important?

Selenium is a nutrient with a fundamental antioxidant role in our bodies. Contributes to:

  • Normal functioning of the immune system.
  • Normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
  • Protecting cells against oxidative damage.
  • Maintaining normal hair and nails.

Also, maintaining an adequate level of selenium is associated with better regulation of chronic inflammation and, in the older population, it is associated with a neuroprotective effect, linked to the decreased risk of development of certain types of dementia.

Selenium deficiency is recognised as a cause of the deterioration of the structure and function of muscle cells.

Únicla is a source of selenium, providing five micrograms per 100ml, triple that of conventional milk and, in a 250 ml serving, provides 23% of the recommended daily amount.


In addition, it is a natural source of vitamin D and calcium

A healthy option for the prevention of osteoporosis (in combination with physical exercise) is consuming food rich in calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients essential to its prevention that, in addition, provide us with nutritional properties and benefits that offer the best protection against this disease.

Calcium is a key mineral not only for strong, healthy bones but also dental health.

It is also an essential nutrient for different tissues, neurons, blood and other liquids in the body.

Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, so it is the essential nutrient responsible for maintaining levels of this mineral both in our bones and our teeth.

What is CLA and how does it benefit our health?

CLA stands for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, a very healthy polyunsaturated fatty acid of the omega-6 group naturally present in milk. Únicla provides four more times than conventional milk as a result of the natural, well-controlled diet our cows are fed.

CLA’s contribution to health is well documented in scientific literature. To summarise, it has the following health benefits:

  • Anticancer> prevents the appearance of tumour processes
  • Antiatherogenic> prevents the appearance of cholesterol plaques in the arteries
  • Protects against Type 2 Diabetes> Reduces insulin resistance
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Protects against exudative diseases: mucus, otitis, childhood dermatitis …

It must be noted that there is also a synthetic form of CLA. This synthetic form has the opposite effects of natural CLA, with the exception of its anticancer properties.

Can I consume Únicla milk if I am lactose intolerant?

Lactose is the sugar naturally present in milk. Although there are people who develop intolerance, dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and other fermented milks can be consumed by lactose-intolerant people because these products have no lactose or contain it in small quantities. Furthermore, it is increasingly common to find lactose-free products that are perfectly tolerated by lactose-intolerant people. At Únicla, we have our product range of Únicla lactose-free milk in skimmed and semi-skimmed varieties.
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Can I consume Únicla milk if I'm a coeliac?

Yes. The milk does not contain gluten.

Where can I buy Únicla dairy products?

By entering your postcode in our online store, you can discover the location of the nearest supermarkets in your area that stock our Únicla products.

You can also find us on Amazon.


The best milk, in the best cartons

Are Únicla cartons recyclable?


Can the Únicla carton be placed in the microwave?


What are the cartons made of?

Únicla is available in one litre cartons. All layers of the carton are made of virgin materials in a multilayer structure to protect the integrity of the product.

In addition, they are eco-friendly cartons as they come from responsibly managed forests, taking into account environmental, social and economic aspects, and have FSC certification guaranteeing they come from a sustainable source. Furthermore, all its polymers are made from sugarcane. Thanks to this, our cartons are 86% plant-based.

The cartons are certified with the Carbon Neutral quality seal, which guarantees the offsetting of the carbon emissions generated in their manufacturing process.

Does the carton contain bisphenol A (BPA)?