Family Living Focus: Celebrate June Dairy Month

Celebrate National June Dairy Month with your favorite dairy treat. Originally established as a grocery/milk promotion in 1937, National Dairy Month now acts as a reminder of the health benefits that dairy products provide. They contain essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein. They also reduce the risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, while helping us to better manage our weight. Kick start each day with nutrient-rich dairy products and start your summer on a healthy note.

Four Delicious Facts About Milk

• Got milk? Milk is the only food that you can survive on alone. It has every nutrient you need.

• The world loves milk. The world’s population consumes over 2.1 billion liters every day. That’s enough to fill up 813 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

• ​Cows have friends. Dairy cows are social animals. Like people, they will make friends and bond with some, while avoiding others.

• ​Cows can produce a ton of milk. A cow turns grass into milk within two to three days. Depending on the breed, a cow can make between 25 and 40 liters of milk per day.

Why National Dairy Month is Important

Dairy is good for your bones.

Calcium is crucial to the growth and strengthening of bones. A simple glass of milk, some yogurt, or a piece of cheese helps to fight off brittle bones and osteoporosis.

Dairy reduces blood pressure.

Diets rich in potassium help maintain healthy blood pressure. Dairy products especially yogurt, fluid milk, and soy milk provide potassium and can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Milk is good for your teeth.

Your teeth get stronger and healthier when you drink milk. Calcium helps protect your teeth against gum disease and keeps your jawbone strong and healthy. In addition, the protein helps to neutralize acids in the mouth.

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Information adapted from article by National Dairy Council.

If you would like more information on “Celebrate June Dairy Month” contact Gail Gilman, Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus – University of Minnesota at waldn001@umn.edu. Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus™ information in next week’s paper.

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