Drinking milk and/or consuming dairy products is a great way to ensure that you have a healthy and balanced diet. Although there are many common beliefs that milk is bad for you, this is simply not true and dairy can play a vital part in ensuring that you get enough vitamins as well as protect you from things such as osteoporosis (bone disease). In one 200ml glass of semi-skimmed milk, there are the following vitamins that make up your daily recommended intake; 14% protein, 16% potassium, 23% vitamin B5, 28% phosphorus, 31% calcium, 35% vitamin B2, 41% iodine and 76% vitamin B12. This unique combination of vitamins makes milk an easy choice for a healthy and nutritious diet that is also affordable as many of us struggle to eat well.
Vitamins found in milk have many benefits which are good for healthy muscles, strong bones, strong teeth, managing blood pressure, brain function and fighting fatigue.
Dairy is high in protein, a nutrient needed for the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. Often dairy protein is described as being high quality as it contains amino acids (protein building blocks) that are needed.
Dairy products are bone-friendly, thanks to their unique combination of calcium, phosphorus and protein that work together to ensure bones grow and develop normally when we are children and help to stay strong throughout life. This is important to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
The combination of calcium and phosphorus is good for helping maintain healthy, strong and normal teeth. Dairy drinks are also lower in sugar than alternatives which are better for your teeth as well.
Managing Blood Pressure
Milk and yoghurt are high in potassium which is essential for maintaining normal levels of fluid inside our cells. It also helps our muscles to contract and supports normal blood pressure.
Dairy products are a main source of iodine which is vital in supporting normal growth in children, helping to produce thyroid hormones to ensure it functions normally. It is also vital for cognitive functions such as attention, memory, decision-making, problem-solving and our general ability to think.
Dairy products have several B vitamins such as B2 and B12. B2 is needed for our skin and eyes and B12 supports our immune system and helps us function well psychologically. Both help to ensure our nervous system works properly and reduce tiredness and fatigue.
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Content adapted from Dairy UK THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING MILK: GIVING NUTRITION VALUE FOR MONEY, Graphic credits vecteezy 14028874, 3545702, 3987970, 1890135, 5611451_252, 217011, 553045, 19615