Milk naturally provides more than ten essential nutrients in one tasty, convenient and affordable package. Milk contains calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, iodine, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, carbohydrate and high quality protein. These days new beneficial components of milk are being discovered such as whey protein, sphingomyelin and conjugated linoleic acid.
And, if you love drinking milk, the good news is you are doing your health a favour! The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer – some of the main causes of death in Australia.
Dairy consumption is also associated with a healthy weight and has been shown to play an important role in sport and exercise performance. There are so many reasons to enjoy a glass of milk!
It’s a nutritious, creamy snack for a youngster, a natural sport recovery drink for active teenagers and adults, and often the morning life-saver to kick start our day (where would we be without coffee?). And at the end of the day, warm milk before bedtime helps soothe the soul and aids a good night’s sleep. Milk in its many guises is the stuff that lives are built on: delicious natural goodness that’s great on its own or as an addition to so many of the foods we enjoy.
The intake of dairy products is the body’s main source for the requisite amount of Calcium (e.g. 2 glasses of milk cover 75% of daily needs in Calcium).
Milk’s calcium content and the ease with which it is absorbed by the body, compared to the poor absorption of vegetable calcium sources, helps “build” and protect the skeleton from osteoporosis and keep teeth healthy.
Proteins make up the body’s main building block. They ensure that it functions well and that muscles develop properly. The intake of 2 glasses of milk a day covers 25% of an average person’s daily needs in proteins.
Milk is the only food in nature that contains casein, a protein of extremely high biological importance.
The nutritional value of casein surpasses the classical meaning of nutritive and extends to the functionality and effect on the body’s physiology and health. According to data from recent scientific studies, the properties of casein derived peptides include:
enhancing the body’s natural defence
regulating blood pressure
helping to cope with stress