Every so often, the DairyGood.org team is asked one question in a variety of ways, but when you get down to it, people wonder: Why do we drink cow’s milk?
For several reasons actually. Here’s some food for thought:
- We’ve enjoyed drinking cow’s milk for centuries: Archaeologists and anthropologists have found evidence of people drinking cow’s milk dating back several thousand years, according to our colleague Greg Miller, PhD, FACN, who recently wrote about this topic. He found that “milk drinking is not just a practice of Western culture, but a shared part of human existence around the world.”
- It’s not just about taste: While milk tastes great, it’s also good for us – it packs a nutrient punch, plus it’s affordable, readily available and versatile. Plus, milk is the No. 1 source of nine essential nutrients in America’s children’s diets.
- We’re not only enjoying cow's milk, but other dairy foods, too: Thanks to milk, we also can enjoy other dairy foods from cheese to yogurt. Dairy offers many delicious ways to get essential nutrients into our day-to-day diet (or meals) from enjoying a yogurt for breakfast to noshing on a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner.
- Plus, cows help us honor the harvest by being natural recyclers: As Dr. Miller puts it, “Dairy cows and other ruminant animals have unique stomachs that allow them to eat parts of plants and foods that humans can’t eat such as almond hulls, wheat straw, etc. They then are able to unlock nutrition from these human inedible parts of food and turn them into nutrient-rich milk that can help nourish people.” It’s a simple way to turn things that we can’t eat into a nutritious food that we can!