If you give a mouse a cookie…: 4 Milk Facts for Moms
Whether a friendly mouse or an energetic five-year old, sometimes we just want a cold glass of milk. To wrap up National Dairy Month, we’ve pulled together 4 surprising milk facts for moms. Happy drinking!
1. Flavored milk can be an asset to get your kids the nutrients they need.
Dr. Rachel Johnson at University of Vermont found that both flavored and plain milk are positively associated with nutrient intake and neither is associated with weight status (Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2008). In fact, the calories in flavored milk have decreased to be only 39 more calories than white milk while still providing calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. In schools, all flavored milk must be fat-free. We know that children who don’t regularly consume milk don’t come close to meeting their calcium requirements, so flavored milk can be a great starting point.
2. Allergies don’t mean your little ones have to miss out on nutrition.
If your child has an allergy or intolerance to dairy or milk, consider a substitute. One cup of soy milk contains about 8 grams of protein, which is the same as one cup of cow's milk. For bonus points, supplement their calcium with leafy greens (we know, we know- every kid’s favorite) or fortified juices.
(If you do have a milk allergy in your home, check our Moo Blues for more resources)
3. It takes some seriously hard work and high standards to get you that glass of milk.
Speaking of cows, these guys (not to mention the farmers taking care of them!) are working really hard to give us all the milk we need and love. In her lifetime, a dairy cow might produce around 350,000 glasses of milk. Every one of those glasses goes through a lot of inspection and care- check out the infographic below to see the whole process.
4. Hip versions like ‘raw milk’ come with major risks.
Maybe the cool parents in your neighborhood buy raw milk directly from a farm, and you’re wondering if it’s worth a try. We (along with CDC, the FDA, and many others) would really caution you there. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that “Substantial data suggest that pasteurized milk confers equivalent health benefits compared with raw milk, without the additional risk of bacterial infections.” What kind of infections? E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobactor and Listeria – we’ll spare you the gory details of how dangerous, let alone messy and awful, these are (but if you think you can handle it, CDC has real stories on the danger of raw milk here).
We hope you can end your Dairy Month with a chocolate chip cookie or bowl of cereal and a nice, cool glass of milk!