Milk to the Rescue

Closing the Nutrient Gap with Milk Products

“Drink your milk.” Some of the best advice a mom can give. Why? She knows what she’s talking about. It tastes good and it’s good for you, too.

Did you know that milk products play a key role in health and well being? It’s true! The connection to bone health is pretty well-known, but in actuality, the health benefits of milk products go beyond bone health. Three servings of milk or dairy every day can also help reduce the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

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Milk products, whether flavored or not, have an unparalleled nutrient package. Nine essential nutrients including high-quality protein, calcium, potassium and vitamin D, are in every glass. And at just about 25 cents per cup, it offers a nutritional bargain at an affordable price that you can’t pass up.

Fast Fact: Most Americans fall below the Dietary Guidelines recommendations for dairy foods. We need three servings of milk products, but most people get less than two.

It’s also a known fact that many Americans are missing out on certain “nutrients of concern”: calcium, potassium, vitamin D and fiber—this negatively impacts health. Milk is an ideal beverage to help bridge that nutrient gap in a tasty and affordable way. So, as mom said, “drink your milk.”  You’ll be glad you did!

Know Your Milk

Whole Milk (3.25% fat) Contains 150 calories and 8 grams (g) of fat per serving (8 fluid oz). Although not required, whole milk may be fortified with vitamin D at a level of 400 International Units (IU) per 1 quart If vitamin D is added, the label must state this fact.
Reduced-Fat Milk (2% fat) Contains 120 calories and 5 grams (g) of fat per serving (8 fluid oz). Vitamins A and D are removed with the milk fat. For this reason, these vitamins must be added to 2% reduced-fat milk so that it contains at least 2,000 IU of vitamin A and 400 IU of vitamin D per 1 quart. The addition of these vitamins must be stated on the label.
Low-fat Milk (1% fat) Contains 100 calories and 2.5 grams (g) of fat per serving (8 fluid oz). Vitamins A and D must be added to a level of at least 2,000 IU of vitamin A and 400 IU of vitamin D per 1 quart. The label must indicate the addition of these vitamins.
Fat-Free Milk (also called Skim or Non-fat Milk) (0% fat) Contains 80 calories and 0 grams (g) of fat per serving (8 fluid oz). Vitamins A and D must be added to a level of at least 2,000 IU of vitamin A and 400 IU of vitamin D per 1 quart. The label must indicate the addition of these vitamins.
Chocolate Milk (fat-free, 1% low-fat, 2% reduced-fat, whole milk) Is milk to which chocolate or cocoa and a sweetener have been added. This milk is just as nutritious as its unflavored counterpart. Compared to plain milk, chocolate milk contains about 35 more calories per serving (8 fluid oz).
Lactose-free Milk (fat-free, 1% low-fat, 2% reduced-fat, whole) Is real dairy milk where the natural milk sugar (lactose) has been broken down, allowing for easier digestion for people managing with lactose intolerance. It has the same stellar nutrient profile as lactose-containing milk.
Organic Milk (fat-free, 1% low-fat, 2% reduced-fat, whole) Is nutritionally the same as conventional milk. The term organic simply refers to on-farm practices. Those using the “USDA Organic” seal must ensure that the milk comes from dairy farms meeting specific criteria for that certification process. All milk produced in the United States, whether organic or conventional, must adhere to the same strict federal standards for quality, purity and sanitation.
Evaporated Milk (6.5% fat) Is made by removing about 60% of the water from whole milk. The milk is then homogenized, fortified with vitamin D to a level of 25 IU per 1 fluid ounce, canned and heat sterilized. The addition of vitamin A is optional. If added, each fluid ounce must contain not less than 125 IU of vitamin A.
Evaporated Fat-Free Milk (0.5% fat or less) Is a concentrated, fortified (vitamins A and D) fat-free (skim or non-fat) milk that is canned and sterilized.
Sweetened Condensed Milk (8% fat or less) Is a canned milk concentrate of whole milk to which sugar has been added. The sweetener used (usually sucrose) prevents spoilage. Sweetened condensed fat-free milk contains no more than 0.5% milk fat.

The dairy case has many options to fit different lifestyles and personal preferences!