Pass The Milk, Please!
Milk enthusiasts like your parents, the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council, raw milk advocates and dairy farmers can’t get enough of the health benefits cow’s milk is said to provide. Like meat and eggs, milk is an excellent source of protein, and essential vitamins and minerals like calcium and vitamins B12 and D. These vitamins and minerals build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. (Yeah, that’s right — the complete opposite from what the other side is saying.) According to the farmers of raw milk, it’s even better than conventional milk — boasting gut-happy bacteria, improved immune systems, decreased seasonal and food allergies, and anecdotal evidence of improvements in the behavior of children with autism and attention-deficient disorders.
Tidbit #6: Protein, Vitamins and Minerals: The well-known milk mustache advertisements are promoting nutritional information worth noting: cow’s milk is a “complete protein” food (containing all eight essential amino acids), contains many of the B vitamins, and has vitamins A, D, and E. It also contains most of the minerals (mainly calcium and phosphorus, along with potassium and some sodium) and traces of zinc, iron, selenium, manganese and copper.
Tidbit #7: Strong Bones: According to the USDA’s MyPlate program, milk “may reduce the risk of osteoporosis … [and] improve bone mass,” thanks to calcium “building bones and teeth and … maintaining bone mass.” This remains the message of the “Got Milk?” campaign and U.S. Dietary Guidelines for children and adults. My parents tried the “you’ll grow big and tall!” line with me as a kid as I stared at my 4-foot-11-inch mother who drank milk her whole childhood.