For many, ice-cold milk may have been an anchor of childhood meals either in a glass with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or poured over cereal.
During those times, our parents may have taught us that milk is good for our bones and helps us grow – but how? And why? And were they telling us the truth?
Your body needs certain nutrients to function properly, and milk contains many of those nutrients. For example, milk is an excellent source of calcium, which can help build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It also contains a number of B vitamins (vitamin B 12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin), which can help your body convert food into fuel. Here’s a closer look at the nutrients that can be found in a cup of low-fat milk:
9 Ways Milk can Help Your Body (Infographic)
These nutrients can vary depending on your favorite dairy food. Check its packaging to learn more.
If you do look at the packaging, you may notice the food labels will start to look a little different. While the nutrients in milk haven’t changed, the Food and Drug Administration is updating how foods, including milk, should be labeled. Click here to learn more.
Have more questions about milk? We dive into the basics and common questions here.