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Frequently Asked Questions
Is milk the best beverage for kids?
An overwhelming YES! Why? Milk is nature's beverage. It’s an excellent source of protein and calcium, and it provides eight other essential nutrients necessary for children’s health.
Do adults need milk?
Adults need milk for long-term benefits, particularly for bone health. Although adults do not create bone as in former years, bone is constantly remolding. When calcium and other essential nutrients, like vitamin D, are not available, your bone density may decrease, causing weaker bones that are more susceptible to fractures.
Is milk a good source of calcium?
Milk is the best source of calcium. While other foods like vegetables contain calcium in smaller amounts, most people wouldn’t be able to eat the very large required portions to get enough calcium. For example, you’d have to eat three cups of cooked broccoli or six cups of cooked kale to get the same amount of calcium in one eight-ounce glass of milk.
Can lactose intolerant people drink milk?
Many people with lactose intolerance can drink milk if they follow two simple rules: take milk in small amounts and combine it with other foods. Lactose is a carbohydrate and a sugar; the same sugar found in human breast milk. When you have lactose intolerance, you have a decreased level of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to digest the lactose. But if you take milk in small amounts and with other foods, you have a better chance of being able to digest the lactose and therefore tolerate the milk. Begin with just an ounce of milk with a meal and then increase the amount gradually as tolerated.
Can I include milk in a weight loss diet?
Absolutely. Drinking one-percent or nonfat milk saves the calories from fat, but still provides the calcium and vitamin D in two-percent fat and whole milk. Plus it’s a good source of the protein and B vitamins needed in your daily weight loss diet. It’s also a good choice when you have increased exercise, as nonfat milk contains carbs for energy and protein to protect your muscles.
Is there any evidence that drinking milk helps reduce blood pressure?
The dairy-rich eating plan of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet demonstrated a reduction in blood pressure when studied in people with high blood pressure. The low-fat diet included eight to ten servings of fruits and vegetables and three servings of low-fat dairy foods. The low-fat dairy foods help maintain good calcium intake, and boost potassium and magnesium intake.
My child refuses milk. Is chocolate milk a good substitute?
Often, kids who do not like regular milk accept chocolate milk because it’s sweeter. You can be assured that the calcium, vitamin D and other essential nutrients are all there. Though chocolate milk does contain added sugar, it’s half the amount found in regular soft drinks and many fruit drinks — so it’s still a healthier choice.
Are dairy foods too high in fat for me to eat on a low cholesterol diet?
People often have the misconception that dairy is excluded on a low cholesterol diet. The good news is that you can use nonfat dairy foods. Nonfat milk is an excellent choice, providing a nutrient package of naturally occurring calcium and eight other essential nutrients. Check out the nutrition facts label and you will see that nonfat milk contains zero grams of fat.
Will drinking milk protect my "senior" mom from osteoporosis?
There are many factors relating to the development of osteoporosis, a disease that results in porous and brittle bone. Porous bone resembles Swiss cheese, so you can imagine how easily it can fracture or break. Some factors, like genetics, we cannot control. One thing your mom can do is get the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D. For women over 50 years old, the recommendation is a total of 1,200 milligrams of calcium and 600 international units of vitamin D each day. Milk provides these two essential nutrients, and she can meet the majority of her daily calcium and vitamin D needs with three eight-ounce servings.
Why is milk so important in the diet of an adolescent?
Milk is important because of its composition of key nutrients, which are needed during the adolescent years. Adolescence is a very dynamic time for growth and development, particularly for bone growth. Yet calcium remains one of the nutrients most likely to be lacking in their diets. Growing bones need lots of calcium, so the recommendation is 1,300 milligrams of calcium each day for adolescents aged nine to 18 years. Milk is a rich source of natural calcium with at least 300 milligrams of calcium in an eight-ounce serving.