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  • BC has some of the highest standards for milk production, transport and processing found anywhere in the world.
  • Chocolate milk and white milk are a source of the same essential nutrients, many of which are necessary for the health of bones and teeth and important for growing children. Some of these are calcium, phosophorus, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D and protein.
  • When milk warms up, its shelf life is shortened. Letting its temperature increase to even 10°C (50°F) can shorten milk's shelf life from 10 to 2 days. This could happen when milk sits on the counter after a meal or leaving it in a warm car on the way home from the store.
  • Research has shown that children who drink chocolate milk or other flavoured milks consume fewer soft drinks and fruit drinks than children who don't. Athletes are also drinking chocolate milk for it's nutritional benefits and as part of their training regimen. To learn more, click here
  • The New World had its first exposure to domestic cattle in 1518, but it wasn’t until Samuel de Champlain brought them to Quebec in 1608 that they became an enduring part of North American agriculture. By 1660, breeding cows brought from Brittany and Normandy became the basis of the only breed of dairy cow developed in Canada—called, appropriately enough—the Canadienne.
  • During the Dark Ages, cloistered monks in various monasteries preserved not only knowledge but also the time-honoured craft of cheese-making. Treasured secrets of cheese-making from the East were brought back by crusaders and later travelers such as Marco Polo.
  • As a gastronomic delight, cheese graced the banquets of kings and emperors. As a poor man’s meal, cheese served as part of the rations of the conquering armies of Caesar and Genghis Khan.
  • Genghis Khan, the great Mongolian conqueror, believed the extraordinary bravery of his warriors was due to their regular consumption of yogurt.
  • Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian Queen, attributed her great beauty to yogurt baths.
  • Charles I of England in 1630 paid the chef of his bride a generous annual fee to keep his recipe of ice cream a secret!
  • As part of her dowry, Catherine de Medici brought to Henry II of France in 1533 her retinue of chefs and prized ice cream recipe.
  • Chinese emperors ate sweetened ground rice mixed with milk and frozen in porcelain bowls.
  • Marco Polo returned from his travels in the Orient in 1232 with a recipe for an iced dessert made from milk.
  • The ancient Greek physicians prescribed yogurt to clear the digestive tract of body poisons.
  • Casein, the principal protein in milk and other dairy products, literally wipes away the fiery component of hot peppers, known as capsaicin, which binds to your taste buds and other receptors in your mouth.
  • Alexander the Great is said to have enjoyed iced confections of fruits and honey.
  • Whatever the truth, the origins of yogurt can be traced to the beginning of civilization on the banks of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia.
  • Cheese has been known for thousands of years, since man first domesticated animals and, by chance, discovered another use for milk. Ancient Greek Olympic athletes trained on a diet consisting mostly of cheese.
  • The importance of milk isn’t something new and trendy. In fact, as far back as 6,000 years ago, milk and milk products were used for religious ceremonies and as medicines.

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