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Facts About Milk

Milk has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. It is a nutrionally complete food a natural source that contains a variety of vitamins and minerals needed for good health.

Milk provides a whole range of nutrients essential to growth and development and contains no added preservatives or colourings.

Milk makes a significant contribution to our diets through the provision of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Milk is essential for:

Bone health

Milk and dairy products are providers of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and protein which is essential for healthy bone growth and development.

Consumption of milk and dairy from early childhood and throughout life can help make the bones strong and protect them against diseases like osteoporosis.

Teeth

The amounts of calcium and phosphorous in milk and dairy products are beneficial for healthy teeth. Dentists recommend that milk is the only safe drink to have between meals (except for water). It has been shown not to cause tooth decay even in conditions perfect for damaging teeth!

Blood Pressure

An increasing number of studies suggest that consuming two portions of dairy each day, along with portions of fruit and vegetables as part of a low salt diet can reduce high blood pressure in adults and children. It is also thought that calcium may bind harmful fats together in the gut and prevent their ??? which in turn prevents levels in the blood increasing.

Obesity

Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that people who consume milk and dairy foods are likely to be slimmer than those who do not. Studies have also shown that consumption of milk and dairy foods as part of a calorie controlled diet is associated with increased weight loss.

Type 2 diabetes

Studies suggest that regular consumption of low fat dairy products can help to reduce the risk of diabetes.

It is thought that this effect may be due to the combines effects of many beneficial nutrients within dairy foods including calcium and magnesium, or the fact that dairy foods have a low glcaemic index, which helps to control blood sugar levels.

Hydration

Milk not only re0hydrates the body, but provides a host of beneficial nutrients and protects at the same time! Re-hydration after exercise is particularly important to replace lost fluids, a recent study has found that chocolate milk helped the body to recover after exhausting exercise.