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How milk can provide essential nutrients

Posted: 1:16 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 16:16:19-04

Recent research supports the importance of a balanced breakfast – especially one that includes milk. Furthermore, eating breakfast is linked to a more nutritious diet, and including more of certain foods – like milk, yogurt, fruit and whole grains – is linked to the highest-quality diets of all, according to a study in the journal Nutrients [mdpi.com] .

In fact, researchers found that breakfast alone supplies about 20% of daily calories while providing more than 20% of key nutrients, like calcium, potassium and vitamin D. These are among the nutrients that Americans, including kids, are most often lacking. Did you know that one out of two children ages nine and older are falling short on calcium, vitamin D and potassium, and 75 percent of kids younger than nine are falling short on vitamin D and potassium? These nutrients are critical for kids’ growth.

Whether you decide to make breakfast ahead of time or grab something quick like fruit or concha de pan dulce, having a nutritious breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult. By simply adding a glass of milk, you can instantly boost the nutritional value of your meal. That’s because each 8-ounce glass includes B vitamins for energy, high-quality protein for lean muscle, vitamin A for a healthy immune system and five bone-building nutrients, including calcium, potassium and vitamin D.