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Milk Nutrition and Facts

Different Types of Milk

While strolling the dairy case, you might notice different types of milk – but which is which, and what makes them different?

The primary types of milk available include whole milk, reduced-fat milk, low-fat milk, and fat-free milk. Each type of milk is complete with 13 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of protein! The difference between the milks is the percentage of milk fat – otherwise known as the amount of fat that is in the milk by weight. Whole milk contains 3.25% milk fat, reduced-fat milk contains 2% milkfat, low-fat milk contains 1% milkfat, and fat-free milk contains no milkfat and is known as skim milk.

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Milk Nutrition

Did you know that just one serving of milk contains 13 essential nutrients your body needs to be healthy? It includes calcium, protein, vitamin D, phosphorus, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, niacin, zinc, selenium, iodine, and potassium. These vitamins and nutrients are essential to maintaining strong bones and teeth, a healthy immune system, energy, and more!

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Milk vs. Milk Alternatives

Real dairy milk naturally packs a nutritious punch whereas most plant-based alternatives have to be fortified in an attempt to match milk’s unique nutrition package. Not only that, but real dairy milk features a simple ingredient list – milk, vitamin A, and vitamin D – whereas milk alternatives are filled with a variety of ingredients, including emulsifiers like gum and stabilizers, added sugars, more carbohydrates, and more. Learn more about these difference by clicking the button below.
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Calcium-Fortified Beverages

In the United States, most milk sold at retail stores contains vitamin D, a necessary vitamin to help our bodies absorb calcium and to keep bones and teeth healthy and strong. Because there are few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, it can be added to specific foods like milk and other dairy products to help people meet their recommended dietary needs. To learn more about the history of Vitamin D being added to milk, click here.

But not all calcium-fortified beverages and food are created equally, and the source of calcium matters! To discover how other calcium-fortified beverages stack up to dairy, click the button below.

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Dairy and Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the body’s inability to break down the milk sugar (lactose) found in dairy products. It can be characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating, among others. However, there are many low-lactose and lactose-free dairy foods, meaning those with lactose intolerance can still enjoy the great taste and nutritious benefits of dairy products! Products like lactose-free milk, hard cheeses such as parmesan, Swiss, and cheddar, and Greek yogurt are low or free of lactose and are perfect dairy options for lactose-intolerant people to enjoy.

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