Celebrate Dairy Month with the Real Deal
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[May 31, 2014]
June Dairy Month is an annual
celebration that honors farmers for the delicious dairy foods they
produce. The designation also highlights the important health
benefits that milk, cheese and yogurt deliver. Loaded with calcium,
potassium, protein and phosphorus, dairy foods contribute
significant nutrition to Americans’ diets.
Although today’s spotlight falls on a wide variety of
nutritious dairy foods, the very first celebration focused
solely on milk. And its purpose was practical. National Milk
Month was created in 1937 to help distribute extra milk that
cows typically produced during summertime.
With a nod to June Dairy month’s practical origins, St. Louis
District Dairy Council is encouraging consumers to “keep it
real” when choosing their milk in 2014. “The dairy aisle is
literally exploding with options---everything from new milk
flavors to lactose-free milks, and even alternative beverages
disguised as milk,” states nutrition educator/registered
dietitian Monica Nyman.
These alternative beverages are often plant-based drinks or
solutions made from rice, soy, nut and hemp products. Though
they share shelf-space with milk, plant-based beverages do not
share the same nutrient package.
Some key differences:
- Milk contains naturally occurring calcium that easily
absorbed by our bodies. Most imitation dairy beverages are
fortified to match milk’s calcium content.
- Milk provides high-quality protein, with an average of 8
grams per cup. Many imitation dairy beverages have 1 gram of
protein or less per cup.
- Simple and natural, milk is void of added sugars,
flavorings or stabilizers, which are often found in the
ingredient list of many imitation dairy beverages.
- At less than 25 cents per cup, milk is a nutritious
bargain. Most imitation dairy beverages are twice the cost
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“It’s important for consumers to know that, when it comes to
nutrition, not all dairy aisle drinks are created equal,” notes
Nyman. We’ve launched an awareness campaign called milk: the real
deal to help spread the word. There is no substitute for the high
nutrition and economic value that milk offers. It’s the real deal!”
To learn more about milk: the real deal, visit
[Text received; MONICA NYMAN, ST.
LOUID DISTRICT DAIRY COUNCIL]