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.

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
Milk: packed with 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 90% 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.

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.