Dairy Fun Fact: What’s in Your Milk?

Milk contains water and many other nutrients that help us have a healthy and well-balanced diet.

 

Milk counts as a great fluid choice. Being 87% water, milk can be contributed to your daily fluid needs. One more reason why milk makes a great recovery beverage.

 

Milk is a great source for calcium and many other important nutrients for overall health and a balanced diet.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Drink Milk

 

10. Carbohydrate

Milk is a source of carbohydrate and a great drink for athletes.

 

9. Vitamin B6

Milk is a source of vitamin B6, which helps build protein and blood cells. 

 

8. Zinc

Milk is a source of zinc, which helps build protein and is involved in the immune response. Milk is the #3 source of Zinc in the Canadian diet. 

 

7. Protein

Protein provides the building blocks for muscle and other body tissues. Milk is the #3 source of protein in the Canadian diet. 

 

6. Vitamin A

Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy. Milk is the #2 source of vitamin A in the Canadian diet. 

 

5. Potassium

Potassium is the main nutrient responsible for fluid balance. Milk is the #3 source of potassium in the Canadian diet.

 

4. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps form healthy red blood cells. Milk is the #2 source of vitamin B12  in the Canadian diet.

 

3. Riboflavin

Riboflavin keeps skin, eyes and nerves healthy and releases energy in cells. Milk is the #1 source of riboflavin in the Canadian diet.

 

2. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium. Milk is the #1 source of vitamin D in the Canadian diet.

 

1. Calcium

Calcium keeps bones healthy. Milk is the #1 source of calcium in the Canadian diet.

 

Reference: Canada Food Stats 1.8, November 2005, Statistics Canada

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