Nutritional BenefitsFuel your Life
What’s in a glass?
Milk is one of the most nutrient-dense beverages you can consume, with 9 essential nutrients, 8g of protein, and only 3 ingredients. It’s also a healthy source of carbohydrates and consists of 85% water, making milk nutritious and hydrating.
A Closer Look Inside Dairy’s Health Benefits
Milk is a simple and delicious way to get important nutrients your body needs. Many of us know you get calcium from milk, but there’s several other essential nutrients in milk that contribute to key functions and processes in your body.
Scientific evidence shows that regular consumption of dairy products is linked to:
- Improved bone health in children and teens
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults
- Lower blood pressure
Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products every day. Whether it’s whole milk, 2%, skim, chocolate or strawberry, all dairy milk (and many dairy products) includes the following 9 essential nutrients.
Vitamin D helps promote the absorption of calcium, without it your calcium intake would be fruitless, and enhances bone mineralization.
Calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction (including heart rhythm), and blood clotting. Your body doesn’t produce calcium naturally, you need to get it from your diet, and dairy products have the highest concentration per serving of absorbable calcium.
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, helps convert food into energy—a process crucial for exercising muscles.
Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. It builds and repairs muscle tissue, is good for your bones, and serves as a source of energy during high-powered endurance exercise.
Phosphorus works with calcium to help build and strengthen bones. It helps generate energy in the body’s cells. Phosphorus also plays an important role in making protein for growth, maintenance and repair of tissues.
Vitamin A helps maintain normal vision and skin, helps regulate cell growth and maintains the integrity of the immune system.
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is important for the normal function of many enzymes in the body and is involved in the metabolism of sugars and fatty acids, helping convert food to energy.
Primarily, potassium regulates the body’s fluid balance, helps maintain normal blood pressure, and is needed for muscle activity and contraction.
Vitamin B12 helps build red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to working muscles. Vitamin B12 is only naturally found in animal products, and dairy products—milk, yogurt, and cheese—are a great source.
“Milk, cheese and yogurt not only taste great, but also are nutrient-rich, affordable, readily available and versatile; making dairy foods realistic options to help people build healthier meal plans.”Gregory Miller, PH.D., FACN
Something for Everybody
Growing bodies require vital nutrients, especially calcium, vitamin D and potassium, to develop strong bones and muscles. Including dairy as part of a healthy diet ensures kids and teens are getting the nutrition they need, while also offering variety and great taste.
Emerging scientific research is revealing that dairy food consumption is associated with several health benefits including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure.
To minimize the progressive loss of muscle that occurs with aging, consuming high-quality protein from dairy foods along with resistance training, helps maintain muscle mass in older adults.
In addition to training, incorporating good nutrition to fuel, hydrate and refuel your body can elevate your athletic performance. Consisting of over 85% water, plus carbohydrates, protein and 8 additional essential nutrients, milk is an excellent choice for muscle recovery and hydration.
Award Winning, Age-Specific Nutrition Education Resources
The Dairy Council of Nevada® provides free nutrition education materials throughout the states of Arizona and Nevada at no charge. Visit the catalog to browse and order.