Milk has long been associated with good health and is one of the most consumed beverages throughout the US and Europe. It is thought that the ability to digest the milk sugar lactose beyond infancy first evolved in dairy farming communities in central Europe around 7500 years ago.
Did you know?
What you would have to eat to get the same amount of calcium as an 8oz glass of milk?
- 12 servings of whole grains
- 6 servings of legumes
- 10 cups of spinach
An 8oz cup of milk contains 366mg of potassium, the same amount found in a banana. Potassium supports heart health and muscle growth.
Milk is rich in Vitamins A, D, and B12, minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and protein. Cheers to that!
Whole milk: contains the same amount of fat found leaving the cow. Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin added to milk, is easily absorbed in the body when consumed in whole milk.
2% & 1% milk: has reduced calories and fat but the amount of nutrients remains the same.
Fat-free milk: contains the lowest calories and fat content but still contains all the nutrients found in whole and reduced fat milk.
Lactose free milk: Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerant? Lactose free milk is real milk containing the same amount of calcium, potassium and vitamin D just without the lactose.
Incorporating Milk into your child’s diet
Mix half white milk with flavored milk like chocolate or strawberry as a special treat.
Use milk as a base instead of water for soups and oatmeal.
Blend milk with fresh fruit as a delicious afternoon snack:
- 1 part milk
- 1 part ripe fruit
- 2 parts ice or frozen fruit