Many people know that milk is high in calcium, which is important for building and maintaining strong bones. However, calcium is just one of the many nutrients found in milk.
Milk naturally provides more than ten essential nutrients in one tasty, convenient and affordable package.
Milk contains calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, iodine, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, carbohydrate and high quality protein. These days new beneficial components of milk are being discovered such as whey protein, sphingomyelin and conjugated linoleic acid.
And, if you love drinking milk, the good news is you are doing your health a favour! The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer – some of the main causes of death in Australia. Dairy consumption is also associated with a healthy weight and has been shown to play an important role in sport and exercise performance. There are so many reasons to enjoy a glass of milk!
It’s a nutritious, creamy snack for a youngster, a natural sport recovery drink for active teenagers and adults, and often the morning life-saver to kick start our day (where would we be without coffee?). And at the end of the day, warm milk before bedtime helps soothe the soul and aids a good night’s sleep.
Milk in its many guises is the stuff that lives are built on: delicious natural goodness that’s great on its own or as an addition to so many of the foods we enjoy.