1% low-fat milk is packed with vitamins, minerals and macro-nutrients. Did you know that people who drink milk have higher intakes of vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B12, calcium, potassium, protein, and other nutrients than non-milk users? They are also more likely to meet USDA recommended nutritional goals. Milk is an excellent source of some minerals and vitamins, and for others a good source. Today we are featuring 1% low-fat milk mineral and vitamin trivia.
Foods that contain 20% or more of the recommended daily value of a vitamin or minerals are considered to be an excellent source. Did you know 1% low-fat milk is an excellent source of calcium, Vitamin D, phosphorus and Riboflavin? Calcium, Vitamin D, and phosphorus help build strong bones.
Calcium builds strong bones and teeth at all ages. One glass (8 0z) of 1% low-fat milk contains 30% of the daily recommended amount of calcium (305mg). ). If you have three servings which is recommended by USDA’s MyPlate, that is almost enough calcium for the entire day!
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. It is an excellent source of Vitamin D, (32%DV or 127IU in one glass of 1% low-fat milk).
Phosphorus also keeps bones and teeth healthy. 1% low-fat milk is one of the top ten foods that have a high amount of phosphorus (23% DV or 232 mg in one glass of 1% low fat milk).
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
1% low-fat milk is also an excellent source of Riboflavin. One glass has 27% of your recommended daily value (0.5mg). Riboflavin is important for growth, red blood cell production, and healthy skin. It is a vitamin that we all need.
Once your child turns 2 transitioning to 1% milk or less will help reduce their unnecessary saturated fat intake.
There is one thing that 1% low-fat milk does not have, and that is a lot of saturated fat!