We could go on for ages about the unending list of vitamins and nutrients that milk brings into our bodies!
In recent years, so-called superfoods have stolen the spotlight in healthy eating spheres, with non-traditional ingredients getting all the credit for the good they do to our bodies.
Having said that, there is one ingredient that holds as much potential as pretty much any of the so-called superfoods which we gloss over time and time again…
If you haven’t guessed it yet, we’re talking about milk – specifically, cow’s milk.
Think we’re exaggerating? Think again! Here’s a run-down of all the different vitamins and nutrients that a single 200ml serving of semi-skimmed milk brings into our bodies:
This nutrient’s vital for the maintenance of teeth, and normal bone, muscle, and nerve function. Calcium also promotes bone development, healthy teeth, and muscle function – no wonder milk’s so important in a child’s diet!
A single serving of milk satisfies 31 per cent of one’s recommended daily calcium intake.
We’ve all heard about this one. Protein contributes to bone development, the maintenance of normal bones and muscle, and growth in muscle mass. Who knew a glass of milk could help you achieve your gym goals?
A single serving of milk satisfies 14 per cent of one’s recommended daily protein intake.
Don’t let this weird name put you off! Riboflavin, also known as Vitamin B2, helps our bodies make the most out of the energy we get from food. So next time you’re having an especially nutritious dinner, make sure to wash it all done with a glass of fresh cow’s milk. Vitamin B2 also benefits our skin, vision, and helps our nervous system retain normal function.
A single serving of milk satisfies 35 per cent of one’s recommended daily riboflavin intake.
Feeling especially tired? That might mean your body’s short on Vitamin B12. This vital vitamin reduces fatigue, encourages blood cell formation, and helps our immune system function normally. Vitamin B12 also contributes to the release of energy from food.
A single serving of milk satisfies a whopping 74 per cent of one’s recommended daily Vitamin B12 intake.
Like its neighbour, Vitamin B12, this vitamin (also known as pantothenic acid) contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B5 also encourages prime mental performance – so you might want to consider chugging a quick glass of milk before your next big exam…
A single serving of milk satisfies 41 per cent of one’s recommended daily Vitamin B5 intake.
This underrated element contributes to the proper function of the thyroid as well as to the production of thyroid hormone. Like Vitamin B5, a good dose of iodine helps improve cognitive function.
A single serving of milk satisfies 41 per cent of one’s recommended daily Iodine intake.
Last but surely not least, phosphorous is a major contributor to the maintenance of normal bones and normal teeth as well as to the proper function of one’s metabolism.
A single serving of milk satisfies 28 per cent of one’s recommended daily Phosphorous intake.
We could go on for ages about the unending list of vitamins and nutrients that milk brings into our bodies, but we’d need a whole entire article just for that!
Keen on getting your daily dose of cow’s milk?
Good thing Malta Dairy Products – that’s the company behind the iconic Benna milk – supplies our supermarkets with the freshest possible milk every single day.
Benna processes, packs, and distributes fresh milk and milk products from a whopping 6,500 cows spread over 87 farms (56 in Malta and 31 in Gozo) around the Maltese islands. Each and every one of these cows produces around 30 litres of milk every day, which is promptly pasteurised and homogenised to retain its fresh taste and quality.
All this work translates into a whole lot of cartons of milk getting sent out for consumption within 24 hours – rest assured that that’s no easy feat.
So next time you’re looking to treat yourself to a quick, healthy, and nutritious energy boost, get your hands on a fresh carton of Benna milk; your body will thank you for it!