My Facebook feed has been abuzz with so many reasons to NOT drink milk that my head is spinning, and my bones feel a little brittle. I’m not really sure why there so many people out there who are against consuming dairy products, but I do know that they are mostly misinformed (or at the very least, under-informed). These negative non-facts about milk have been on social media in the form of memes and pictures with shocking captions. It is often difficult to find the original source. When you see things like this it is important to ask yourself “Who made this?” and “Why did they make it?.”
I would like to take a moment to explore a few of the
myths scare-tactics I have read lately, but let’s start with what is GOOD about milk:
Calcium: One 8-ounce serving of milk provides 30% of the calcium recommendation for a day. Calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. This mineral also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
Protein: The protein in milk is high quality, which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids or “building blocks” of protein. Protein builds and repairs muscle tissue, and serves as a source of energy during high-powered endurance exercise. An 8- ounce glass of milk provides about 16% of protein you need in a day.
Niacin: Niacin helps enzymes in the body, and is involved in the metabolism of sugars and fats. A glass of milk contains 10% of niacin needed in a day.
Vitamin A: A glass of milk provides 10% of the Daily Value of vitamin A. This nutrient helps maintain normal vision and skin. It also helps regulate cell growth and maintains the integrity of the immune system.
Vitamin B 12: Vitamin B12 helps build red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to working muscles. Just one 8-ounce glass of milk provides about 13% of the Daily Value for this vitamin.
Riboflavin: Milk is an excellent source of riboflavin, providing 24% of the Daily Value. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, helps convert food into energy – a process crucial for exercising muscles.
Potassium: Potassium regulates the body’s fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure. It’s also needed for muscle activity and contraction. By providing 11% of the Daily Value of potassium, milk contains more than the leading sports drink.
Phosphorus: Phosphorus helps strengthen bones and makes energy in your body’s cells. Providing 20% of the Daily Value, milk is an excellent source of phosphorus.
Vitamin D: When fortified, a glass of milk provides about 25% of the Daily Value for vitamin D. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium and build strong bones. Vitamin D also helps control body fat.
Anti-dairy groups are currently using social media scare-tactics to discourage people from drinking milk or giving milk to children. These scare-tactics are often in the form of photographs and memes with outrageous captions that either tell only a very small portion of the truth, or are completely untrue.
Join me at the table next week. I will be addressing the scare-tactics often used on social media.