When You Fill Your Glass with Milk, You fill it With Dairy Goodness
When it comes to the food we eat, we value the benefits it can provide to our everyday life. Although dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are familiar foods that have been shared on many American tables over the years, it’s easy to lose sight of the value they continue to provide to families across the nation.
Milk and milk products continue to be a quality option for families. In fact, milk serves a very important role in the recommended dietary patterns suggested by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and each glass continues to provide goodness to the American table, as it has for decades. When you fill your glass with milk, you continue to fill it with goodness.
What’s actually in a cup of cow’s milk?
Every time milk is poured into a glass, individuals can rest assured they have poured themselves a beverage that enhances their everyday life. “Milk is a high-quality food, offering nine essential nutrients that are important for good health,” registered dietitian and CEO for the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) Sharon Toth says. “Every time a glass of milk is poured, shared, or consumed, it’s a positive step for improving health outcomes.”
There are many great reasons to serve milk, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what exactly you are getting. Use the below infographic to help identify the goodness in your glass, and what to expect when milk is served.
Affordable nutrition. Milk often costs less than twenty-five cents a cup, making it an incredibly cost-effective way to get at least nine essential nutrients everyone needs for optimal health and wellness. Protein, calcium, vitamins A and D, vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, and pantothenic acid.
A local food. In Michigan, milk is produced locally. There are nearly 1,800 dairy farms across our great state and each farmer cares passionately for the community in which they live. Dairy farmers understand the importance of what they do and the impact it has on the land, the food, and the people around them. This means every glass of milk you consume is produced with that same great care.
In some conversations, concern about antibiotics and growth hormones have been raised. But the same great commitment farmers take in caring for their cows and their land applies to the product you enjoy around the table. There are strict government standards and protocols in place to ensure all milk you buy at the store is free from antibiotics. Milk is one of the most tested and safest foods purchased. In addition, cows in Michigan are never treated with artificial growth hormones.
A kid-friendly option. It’s no secret that milk and foods like yogurt and cheese are often enjoyed by children. Despite that, kids continue to fall short, often by one full serving of dairy, each day. Remembering to pour of glass of cow’s milk is a simple way to help maximize the benefits of dairy while also keeping meals simple and flavorful. Plus, when it comes to white milk varieties, you won’t need to worry about any added sugar in your glass, either.
Also, if gluten is a concern for you or your family, keep in mind that milk does not contain gluten. Whether you choose whole, low-fat, or lactose-free cow’s milk, it is a naturally gluten-free food.
A convenient addition. When it comes to nutrition, individuals are always looking for easy ways to enhance the meals and foods they love. Nothing is easier than simply adding a glass of milk to your favorite meal or snack. It’s a convenient way to boost the nutritional value of the entire meal and help you and your family better meet their recommendations for dairy each day.
When it comes to the type of milk you drink, there really is only one natural choice. In Michigan, milk is a local food that is minimally processed. Compare that with many plant-based beverages and there really is no competition.
So grab a glass and fill it with cow’s milk. It’s a refreshingly simple way to add nutrition and enjoyment to your day.