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My family couldn’t go a day without milk! I can’t wait to share some fun facts about milk with you today that you may not already know!
My kids are big milk drinkers. They beg for it with their meals and snacks all throughout the day. I think it’s safe to say that milk is a key part of my family’s life. In fact, funny story, each week when I grocery shop and am checking out, I get lots of dumbfounded stares from people as I’m placing our six gallons on the conveyer belt. A few store associates and onlookers have even suggested I invest in a cow. 🙂 Not a bad idea! Ha!
My husband and I have always loved milk, so we are thrilled that our children love it too! It’s so delicious and good for you!
Adults and kids take in about 400 calories per day as beverages, according to My Plate. I’ve always been a firm believer that what we drink is every bit as important as what we eat! Beverages can be a key source of nutrition in our diets and thus should be carefully selected, and that’s why we choose milk!
According to a national survey*, when asked if dairy milk and non-dairy milk alternatives offer the same nutritional benefits, more than half of moms got the answer wrong.
* Weber Shandwick conducted an online Google survey among 500 moms between the ages of 18-54 on behalf of The National Milk Life Campaign between May 9 – May 12, 2017.
It’s true that milk and milk alternatives are not created equal. Differences lie in nutrition, ingredient list, added sugars, price and taste. Did you know? Many non-dairy milk alternatives (such as almond milk, soy milk and coconut milk) often fortify their products with nutrients that are naturally occurring in milk.
When the kids come home from school, the first thing they ask for is a cup of milk. As you can see, there are usually shenanigans that accompany it. 🙂 Little brother is always so happy to see them after a long day alone with mom.
And speaking of mom, my mother used to always encourage us to drink our milk, growing up, because she said it would help build strong bones and teeth!
Well, she was right! Milk has nine essential nutrients, including B vitamins (riboflavin, B-12 and niacin), high quality protein, vitamin A, potassium, and bone-building nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous.
That’s why I’m always pleased to hand over a cup of milk to my kids, especially at their request.
Dairy milk has just three simple ingredients-milk, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Whereas, many non-dairy alternatives have 10 or more added ingredients including salt, sugar or thickeners like gums. I had no idea until recently!
Have you ever looked at a milk nutrition label and seen sugar listed? It’s there, but did you know that, that sugar is not added, it’s actually naturally-occurring lactose?
Something else that makes me grin, as a concerned mom, is that at just about a quarter per serving, milk delivers more nutritional value per penny than just about any other beverage.
We love how milk tastes and all of the benefits it provides! And that’s why it’s a regular part of our family’s diet! We enjoy drinking it cold, straight out of the glass, but also add it to many of our favorite dishes including mac ‘n cheese, alfredo pasta sauces, smoothies, and soups, just to name a few.
And, as you can see with my toddler, milk is always cause to smile!
Did you learn anything new about milk today? What are some ways your family enjoys milk? I’d love to hear!