8 reasons why milk is the greatest beverage of all time

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  1. Milk is love

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Milk is packed with nutrients that our bodies love. It contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin and niacin. There are 8 grams of protein in it too, that’s more than an egg! Milk is also low in calories; so drink up.

 

  1. Mission: Bone Health

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According to the Southeastern United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA), the nutrients in milk are on a mission in the name of bone health. Calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D promotes bones absorbing calcium. Phosphorus works on strengthening bones. Potassium regulates fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure. B vitamins help turn food into energy. Think of protein like a repairman or a repairwoman, it builds and fixes muscle tissue. Each nutrient’s role is important for the mission.

 

  1. More milk, less bone problems

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Osteoporosis is a childhood disease with adult complications. It is important to eat dairy on a daily basis from the toddler to the teenage years to prevent bone problems in adulthood.

 

Unfortunately, many children are not consuming enough calcium for strong bones, which is causing an increase in bone fractures. In fact, only 28 percent of children are drinking milk and 17 percent of adolescents are drinking it flavored. That number is awfully low.

 

More milk and fewer sugary drinks.

 

  1. Teeth are bones too

 

In addition to brushing, flossing, and routine visits to the dentist, it’s important to eat enough dairy to maintain strong teeth for that beautiful smile. Eating dairy, like cheese, may help prevent tooth erosion.

 

  1. How much dairy?

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The dietary guidelines state, children who are 9 years and older need three servings of dairy a day. Children who are four to eight years old need 2 ½ servings a day. Try drinking a glass of milk with breakfast, eating a string cheese for snack, and a chocolate pudding for dessert to meet the daily servings.

 

Up with dairy, down with junk food.

 

  1. Chocolate, strawberry, or banana

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Yum, the delicious taste of flavored milk! It is packed the same nutrients as regular milk. The added sugar is so low, it’s not even enough to worry about. In fact, the sugar in flavored milk only adds 4 percent to the total sugar in children’s diets.

 

  1. Ice cream

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Milk is in ice cream. No further explanations are needed.

 

  1. Don’t like milk, eh?

 

Don’t worry, here are some tasty dairy suggestions to try that are still packed with some of the same nutrients that are in milk.

Cheese: Cheese is a delicious and easy snack to grab. There are so many to try like: pepper jack, Gouda, and mozzarella. Try it stringed, sliced or even by the block.

Greek yogurt: What has double the protein of regular yogurt and can be used as a meat substitute? Greek yogurt.

Smoothies: Make a groovy smoothie with yogurt. Vegetable and fruit smoothies are filled with essential nutrients, so why not add some yogurt for calcium.

Grill Cheese Sandwich: Does this need an explanation?

 

A special thank you to Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD of SUDIA for sharing wonderful insight on the power of milk. Thanks to SUDIA for teaming up with the Summer Food Service Program to incorporate dairy, especially milk, into summer meals for children.

All children who are 18 years old and younger can receive a daily, nutritious and delicious summer meal at no cost. To find a nearby location:

  1. Text “Food GA” to 877-877
  2. Call the SFSP line at 855-550-SFSP
  3. Dial 211

                           

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