Why Milk? - - Why not?
A diet without milk can make it difficult to get the essential nutrients your body needs to function. Numerous studies have shown that milk drinkers have healthier diets compared to non-milk drinkers. According to the FDA, one glass of fat free milk contains:
80 calories, 0 grams of fat
30% Calcium: Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth; reduces the risk of stress fractures and osteoporosis. Plays a role in promoting normal blood pressure.
52% Vitamin D: Promotes the absorption of calcium for healthy bones. Maintains normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.
20% Phosphorus: Works with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong.
20% Riboflavin: Helps convert food into energy. Plays a vital role in the development of the nervous system.
16% Protein: Helps build and maintain lean muscle; the high-quality protein in milk contains all of the essential amino acids (the building blocks for protein).
13% Vitamin B-12: Works closely with folate to make red blood cells. Helps maintain the central nervous system.
11% Potassium: Helps regulate the balance of fluids in your body. Plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure.
10% Vitamin A: Supports good vision, healthy skin and maintains integrity of immune system.
10% Niacin (niacin equivalents): Helps enzymes function normally in your body.
Percent Daily Values for 8-ounce glass of fat free milk. Daily Values were developed by the Food and Drug Administration and reflect current nutrition recommendations for a 2,000 calorie a day diet.