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What are the health benefits of drinking milk?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Milk provides 9 essential vitamins and minerals along with protein and carbohydrate. The fat content varies from 0 grams of fat to 10 grams of fat/ one cup serving. All milk, no matter the fat content, is required to be fortified with vitamin D. There is 100 international units of vitamin D per cup of milk. Milk provides a great source of absorbable calcium, approximately 300 milligrams per eight ounce cup of milk. 

Nonfat and low fat milk and yogurt are not only excellent sources of bone-strengthening calcium and vitamin D, but also potassium, which can help prevent high blood pressure.

Most Americans are falling short of all three of these nutrients, which can wreak havoc with their bones and blood pressure.  To meet the recommended three servings of dairy daily, add low fat milk to your morning java, add a slice of cheese to your lunchtime sandwich, and reach for a vitamin D fortified nonfat yogurt for a daily snack. 

Since full-fat cheese is a major source of heart-unhealthy saturated fat in the American diet, choose only reduced or low fat varieties.
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