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Essential Nutrients in Milk

Essential nutrients build strong bones and healthy teeth

Berkeley Farms' milk and dairy products provide the essential nutrients your body needs to build strong bones and healthy teeth.

Milk helps keep bones strong by providing 9 essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamins A, D and B12, protein, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and phosphorus.

These essential nutrients do more than just build strong bones. Studies have shown that drinking milk can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a bone-crippling disease that affects 28 million Americans; aid in weight loss; help lower your risk of colon cancer and more.

Calcium in Dairy Products

Berkeley Farms' dairy milk and yogurt provide a rich source of calcium in your diet. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most Americans are not getting the recommended amount of calcium in their diets, only consuming half of the recommended daily servings of dairy food.1 In fact, the average person only consumes half of the three recommended daily servings of dairy food.2

Key Minerals Found in Milk

Seventy-two percent of dietary calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from milk and other dairy foods. In addition to calcium, milk is the number one source of several key nutrients in the American diet, including potassium, phosphorous and magnesium.3

According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, appointed by the United States Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA), people who consume more dairy foods have better overall diets, consume more nutrients and see improved bone health.

Vitamin D and Milk

Milk is an excellent source of vitamin D, which aids in calcium's absorption and retention. It's also recommended by the AAP for the development of strong bones.

According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who consumed vitamin D in daily servings of milk and fish were 40 percent less likely to develop potentially cancerous growths in the colon than those who didn't get enough vitamin D.4


1. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, prepared by the USDA and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2005.

2. USDA's 1994-96 continuing survey of food intakes by individuals and 1994-96 diet and knowledge survey. Riverdale, MD: US Department of Agriculture; 1999. Available at: www.usda.gov Search under "Food Surveys."

3. Murphy M, et al. Beverages as a source of energy and nutrients in diets of children and adolescents. Experimental Biology 2005.

4. Liebeman, DA & Prindiville, S & Weiss, DG & Willet, W. Risk factors for a, June 10, 2003.dvanced colonic neoplasia and hyperplastic polyps in asymptomatic individuals. Journal of American Medical Association, June 10, 2003