Milk is nature’s wonder beverage. It helps build strong bones and lower blood pressure. It may reduce the risk of diabetes and it can help you maintain a healthy weight. It is both tasty and satisfying.
There is no other food or beverage that provides the same health benefits as milk.
It’s a powerful package of goodness, containing important nutrients such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, high-quality protein and vitamins A and D.
Milk is a great nutrition deal for your food dollar.
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Milk comes in the classic white, as well as chocolate- and strawberry-flavored. Studies show that children who drink chocolate milk meet more of their nutritional needs, do not consume excess sugar and are a healthier weight than non-milk drinkers.
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Learn more why the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that everyone age 9 and older consume three servings of dairy ‒ milk, yogurt or cheese ‒ every day.
There is a type of milk to suit every taste: whole milk (3.5% fat), reduced-fat (2%), low-fat (1%), fat-free and lactose-free.
No matter the fat or lactose content, all provide the very same nutrients and health benefits.
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Our staff of registered dietitians and nutrition specialists are experts on milk and dairy products, and we receive all types of questions about milk, such as, "Can I freeze milk?" Learn more about storing and using milk, cheese and yogurt safely and whether you can freeze milk.
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