Mother Nature rarely gets it wrong, and when it comes to milk, she nailed it.
With nine essential nutrients and a great taste, milk’s unique nutrient profile and flavor make it one of those perfect, powerhouse foods. Plus, its culinary versatility gives it an edge that most foods don’t have.
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Here are some of milk’s health benefits that may surprise you:
- Did you know by the age of 20, 85 to 90 percent of adult bone mass is already formed? Milk is an excellent source of essential nutrients including calcium, protein, and vitamin D, that work together to protect our bones. Three servings of dairy every day can help keep bones healthy now and reduce your risk of osteoporosis later in life.
- Potassium, magnesium, and calcium, all found in dairy, may be key ingredients in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Isn’t that heartwarming to hear?
- Milk has just the right mix of carbohydrates, protein, and electrolytes to help refuel, build muscle, and rehydrate your body after a workout. So why reach for anything else when Mother Nature already made the perfect post-workout beverage?
- Lactose intolerant? The good news is you don’t have to give up your favorite dairy foods! Lactose-free milk, aged cheeses, which are naturally lower in lactose, and yogurt can help you get the nutrients you need without the discomfort.
Want more? Read the 6 reasons why WebMD recommends you eat more dairy.
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