Milk - the number one source of potassium, vitamin D and calcium
Talk about natural liquid assets! Milk provides nine essential nutrients including high quality protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. Studies show that milk is the number source of calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and potassium in the diets of children ages 2-18, and the number one source of protein in the diets of children ages 2-11.1
An 8 oz. glass of milk provides as much protein as one large egg and helps with the feeling of fulness to satisfy hunger. In fact, recent research shows that drinking milk in the morning may help stave off hunger until lunch time.
The potassium in milk is important for body functioning including your muscles and your metabolism. Drinking three 8 oz. glasses of milk provides 25% of the recommended daily amount of this critical nutrient.
Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin", is credited with helping to support a healthy heart including maintaining normal blood pressure, the immune system and healthy aging. It also aids in the absorption of calcium that is critically important for strong bones and healthy teeth.
Commit to a healthy lifestyle for you and your family by adding more milk to your diet. Drinking milk at meal and snack time is an easy way to take in these important vitamins and minerals and instantly boosts the nutritional value of other foods consumed with it.
1 From Rafferty K, Heaney RP. Nutrient effects on the calcium economy: Emphasizing the potassium controversy. J Nutr 2008:138:166S-171S.