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Mommy knows best, isn't it? Hear from the super moms themselves on how they feel Safe for Sure consuming milk packed in Tetra Pak cartons.

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Small step for me, giant leap for my family’s health

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Have you ever wondered how some habits from our childhood get so ingrained in our minds that we fail to see reason even though it’s staring at us?

I grew up watching my father wake up at the crack of dawn every morning and struggle his way to a Doodhwala to get us a seemingly fresh litre of milk, and then hear my mother spend the next hour muttering about the amount of water in it.

And that hasn’t changed significantly, has it? Still the same toil of first receiving the (sometimes questionable) milk, albeit now in plastic pouches perhaps, then watching over it like a hawk as you boil it, and still wondering if it’s safe enough for your kids.

The other day, I was over at a friend’s place and my 5-year old suddenly had this overwhelming urge to have a big bowl of her favourite choco flakes soaked in milk. To my horror, I couldn’t see any bowl of milk or a pouch in Diksha’s refrigerator, and I could almost visualize a mega-tantrum as only a fresh-from-the-playground 5-year old is capable of.

No one in sight to send to the store either. And that’s when I noticed a row of Tetra Pak milk cartons lined up neatly in my friend’s pantry.

“Don’t tell me you’re giving Neha this carton milk,” I immediately protested, “Nothing packed can ever be healthy… especially one that claims you can store safely for 6 months.”

Diksha smiled at me, in a way that told me she had done this with other friends before, “Which era are you living in, Ritika? Are you telling me that you’re still using milk from a dhoodhwala? Or rushing to boil that pouch milk before the milk curdles? Come on. Just stock a few Tetra Pak cartons and use when you need them.”

“But what about the preservatives? I really don’t think we can give our children anything with chemicals. They eat enough junk as it is!” I argued.

“Who says it has preservatives? They use a technology that kills the bacteria and other microorganisms in the milk which means that it doesn’t need preservatives to stay good for months. Keeping all the nutrition intact too. Also, don’t forget, that unlike your favourite doodhwala’s milk, this milk can’t be tampered with. You should just google it if you have any doubts,” insisted Diksha while Diksha warmed two bowls of milk and added some generous helpings of choco flakes to them.

“Aren’t you going to boil the milk first?’ I looked at my friend, horrified. “No baba, it doesn’t need to be boiled. It’s completely safe as it is. Have you been listening at all?” she laughed. I looked at my little monster gobbling up her snack hungrily and realised how I had been driving myself crazy all these years for no reason.

Not to be convinced so easily, I spent the next hour surfing the internet and talking to friends about milk in Tetra Pak cartons. Turns out, Diksha was right about the quality of milk in there and the fact that it’s preservative free. And apparently, I’m a little late to the party as most of my friends have already started using carton milk.

As they say, it’s never too late to do the right thing. So, on our way back home, we made a short detour to pick up a few Tetra Pak cartons. A little grudgingly perhaps, hating to admit that I didn’t come to know of it sooner. But happy that I was making the right choice for my little one.

Some old habits must be done away with, even if it means breaking away from tradition. Especially when they have to do with the health of the family, and the happiness of our kids.