20 Reasons to Keep Dairy in Your Diet for 2020

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Admit it, we’re all guilty of entering that “new year, new me” mentality when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. According to The Statistics Portal, eating healthier, exercising more and losing weight were the three most popular New Year’s resolutions in 2019, followed by saving more and spending less money. 

Fortunately, keeping dairy in your diet can help with all of these goals! Here are 20 reasons why:

1. It’s nutrient packed - Milk contains nine essential nutrients, which include:

  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Riboflavin
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin B12
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Niacin

2. Weight loss - We’re all guilty of over indulging during the holidays but snacking on protein filled snacks is actually recommended by nutritionists! The high-quality protein found in milk, cheese and yogurt keeps us feeling fuller longer, which can assist with weight loss.

3. An ingredient list you can understand - Milk is made up of only three ingredients – Milk, vitamin D and vitamin A. Plant-based juices can contain 10 or more added ingredients!

4. Zero added sugars - Zip! Zero! Nada! Milk contains zero added sugars and only 12 grams of natural sugar (lactose.)

5. Dairy can save you some moolah - The average American household spends about 10% of their budget on food — nearly $80 a week for groceries, according to Milk Life. If consumers purchased milk each week, they would spend an estimated $628 annually. This is much lower compared to the $1,222 that would be spent on purchasing almond juice. In comparison, dairy milk would save consumers nearly $600 each year!

6. Cell growth – According to Medical News Today, vitamin D, a nutrient found in milk, helps play a role in cell growth regulation and cancer protection.

7. Better than sports drinks - Just got done with a workout? Drink chocolate milk! It’s a great source of electrolytes, including calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium to help replenish what's lost in sweat.

8. Blood pressure - Nearly one-third of American's suffer from high blood pressure. According to Dairy Good and the National Dairy Council, consumption of dairy products is linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure.

9. It’s a sustainable product – Dairy farmers are dedicated to producing a nutrient rich product all while caring for both their animals and the environment. According to Midwest Dairy, cows are nature’s ultimate recyclers and about 80% of what cows eat cannot be eaten by people.

10. Protein power - One serving of milk has 8 grams of power-packed protein. In comparison, one would have to drink one serving of soy juice (7 g protein) PLUS one serving of almond juice (1 g protein) to equal the protein value of milk.

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