Do You Know ... Is Milk Nutritious?
Milk is a simple and delicious way to get important nutrients your body needs.
Whether it’s chocolate, strawberry, whole fat, low fat (1%), reduced fat (2%), fat free, or comes in a gallon jug or little paper carton in a cafeteria—no matter what type of milk you choose, you can feel great knowing you are getting all of milk’s nine essential nutrients.
Despite myths you may have heard, the milk you buy does not have antibiotics, and does not cause acne. Healthy dietary patterns that include dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt have even been shown to help reduce risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
You can be confident each glass of milk you pour for you and your family has:
- 8 grams of high-quality protein, or 16% of your daily needs, that your body relies on for growth and repair.
- 25% of the calcium you need each day, which helps your body build healthy bones and teeth (dairy is the No. 1 sources of calcium in the American diet!)
- 15% of the vitamin D you need each day, which works with calcium to help build healthy bones, and can also help fight inflammation
- 20% of your daily phosphorus needs, which helps build and maintain strong bones and tissues
- 15% of the vitamin A you need each day, which helps keep your eyes and skin healthy
- 50% of your vitamin B12 needs for each day, which helps keep the nervous system healthy
- 35% of riboflavin, which helps your body use carbohydrates, protein and fat as fuel
- 20% vitamin B5, which similar to riboflavin, helps your body use carbohydrates, protein and fat as fuel
- 10% of your daily niacin needs, which your body uses to help energy metabolism.
Check out this article if you have more questions about whether milk is good for you, and to learn more milk facts.