Milk Builds Good Health From The Inside Out
Milk has a valuable role to play in every stage of our lives. Milk's unique nutritional profile supports growth and development in kids, and supports optimal health as we age. A leading source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium, dairy milk has three of the four nutrients many Americans don’t get enough of.
Here are even more reasons to enjoy milk:
- Calcium For Good Bone Health. We all benefit from strong bones and teeth. A cup of milk, with 30 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium, is the top source of this mineral in our diet. For children and teens, calcium supports bone growth, helping kids reach their full growth potential. As we age, calcium helps prevent the loss of bone mass and osteoporosis. Tip: Try flavored milks, like chocolate or strawberry, to add variety to kids’ lunch boxes or as an after-school snack.
- Heart Health: A growing body of evidence suggests that milk products are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease; in addition, numerous milk components – vitamin D, calcium, potassium, bioactive and peptides among them – may be related to the prevention or management of cardiovascular risk factors. Tip: Incorporate milk into favorite recipes, from smoothies to pastas and more, to reap valuable heart-health benefits.
- Milk Fills You Up, Not Out: For those looking to manage their weight, a glass of milk helps you feel full, so you eat less but still feel satisfied. Tip: Choose a glass of low-fat milk for about 80 calories plus nutrients - instead of sugar-rich juice, energy drinks or soda.
- Liquid “Sunshine”: Milk is one of the few foods fortified with the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D, that supports calcium absorption, promotes better blood pressure and may improve immunity and reduce risk for certain cancers and diabetes. Tip: Pair a café latte with your mid-day snack for added health benefits.
- A Tennis Star’s Secret “Ace”: Milk offers a natural source of many of the same electrolytes you’ll find in manufactured recovery drinks. It also has the right carb-to-protein ratio shown to replenish muscle fuel quickly. In fact, more than 20 scientific studies support the muscle recovery benefits of milk. Tip: Follow the lead of professional athletes like tennis star Sloane Stephens who relies on milk to keep her at the top of her game, whether training or competing.
- The Surprising Benefits of Fat: Studies continue to support the view that fat in moderation has important benefits. A study published in Circulation found that full-fat dairy products can reduce the risk of diabetes by about 50 percent. Another study from Children’s Hospital Boston showed that children who drink full-fat milk tend to have a lower body mass index. Tip: Enjoy the richness of full-fat milk in your morning coffee or add some to your morning oatmeal.
Busting Milk Myths: The Natural, Wholesome Wellness of Dairy Milk
Today, with so many options available to us, it's hard to make wise, informed decisions about what ends up on our kitchen tables. And whether our information comes from online sources or our circle of friends, it's hard to know who to trust. Especially when it comes to something we think we already know – like dairy milk. Here's the real story behind three milk myths you've probably heard.
- Milk Myth #1: Dairy milk contains antibiotics. Rest assured, dairy milk is one of the safest, most regulated foods in the U.S. And when it comes to antibiotics, you should know that milk undergoes strict testing, from farm to grocery store, to ensure tainted product never reaches a consumer. You can be confident that all-natural, wholesome milk has just three ingredients – milk, vitamin A and vitamin D.
- Milk Myth #2: Milk substitutes are healthier. Most imitation milks can’t compete with the natural nutrition you’ll find in dairy milk. Instead, milk substitutes — which are largely filtered water — have many of the plant’s original nutrients and antioxidants removed during production. A quick label check shows a list of 10 or more added ingredients including carrageenan, a stabilizer and thickener; sugars, emulsifiers, flavor “enhancers” and more — at a cost of up to $4 per carton, about $1 or more a glass.
- Milk Myth #3: Milk is linked to early puberty. There is no conclusive evidence to show that eating foods, including dairy, is associated with an early onset of puberty in girls (the normal puberty onset is between ages 8 and 13.) While more research is needed, early puberty factors currently under investigation include obesity, endocrine gland malfunction, and race/ethnicity.
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