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Milk: Packed with 15 Essential Nutrients

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Whether there’s skim, 1%, 2%, homogenized or chocolate milk in your glass, you always get the same 15 essential nutrients.

In addition to being fortified with vitamin D, milk is also a natural source of 14 essential nutrients. Whether it is skim, 1%, 2% or homogenized, chocolate or powdered, milk provides basically the same nutritious elements. However, the fat content changes, and for chocolate milk, the sugar content. As well, milk contains about 85% water, making it an effective thirst quencher.

Here’s a brief look at what a serving of milk contains:

Protein: Helps build and repair body tissues, including bones, and builds antibodies which fight infection.
Vitamin A: Aids bone and tooth development. Also aids in the maintenance of night vision and healthy skin
Vitamin B12: Aids in red blood cell formation.
Vitamin B6: Factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation, including bones.
Riboflavin: Factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation.
Niacin: Aids in normal growth. Factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation, including bones.
Thiamine: Releases energy from carbohydrate and aids normal growth.
Pantothenic acid: Factor in energy metabolism and tissue formation, including bones.
Vitamin D: Enhances calcium and phosphorus absorption, on which strong bones and teeth depend.
Calcium: Aids in the formation and maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth.
Magnesium: Factor in bone and teeth health, energy metabolism and tissue formation.
Phosphorus: Factor in the formation and maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth.
Potassium: Aids in the correct functioning of nerves and muscles.
Zinc: Factor in tissue formation, including bones, and energy metabolism.
Selenium: Aids in the correct functioning of the immune system due to its antioxidant effect.

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