Milk: Packed with 16 Essential Nutrients
Whether there’s skim, 1%, 2%, homogenized or chocolate milk in your glass, you always get the same 16 essential nutrients.
In addition to being fortified with vitamin D, milk is also a natural source of 15 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 milk contains:
Protein: Helps build and repair body tissues, including muscles and bones, and plays a role in the creation of 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 the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation, including bones.
Riboflavin: Factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation.
Niacin: Aids in normal growth, and is a factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation, including bones.
Thiamine: Releases energy from carbohydrate and aids normal growth.
Pantothenic acid: Factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation, including bones.
Folate: Aids in red blood cell formation.
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, conversion of food into energy 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 conversion of food into energy.
Selenium: Factor in the correct functioning of the immune system, due to its antioxidant effect.
Many foods contain calcium. In addition to milk and other milk products, plant foods like dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and fortified foods also contain this mineral. While some of these foods boast an impressive calcium content, you might not actually be getting as much calcium from them as you think. Why? Because the body does not absorb calcium from all foods in equal amounts. The degree to which vitamins and minerals in food can be absorbed and used by the body is called "bioavailability." In this article, we'll look at how the calcium bioavailability of various foods impacts the amount of calcium that makes its way into your bones.Read more