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5 Reasons Why Milk Matters For Our Health

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Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Editor

Jun 01, 2020

There’s plenty of reasons why drinking milk is good for your health – let’s take a look at just some of them.

1. Number one source of calcium

Packed with calcium, milk is the largest contributor of calcium in our diet, and that’s important for strong bones. To get the same amount of calcium as one 250 ml glass of milk you would need to eat 32 Brussels sprouts, 21 cups of raw chopped spinach, 11 cups of diced sweet potato, 6 cups of shredded green cabbage, 5 cups of cooked broccoli or 1 cup of dry roasted almonds.

2. Milk’s full of nutrients

There’s more than 10 essential nutrients in milk that we need to maintain general health and wellbeing, such as protein, riboflavin, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, and B12.

3. Milk can help reduce the risk of some pretty serious diseases

The latest scientific evidence shows milk and dairy food consumption has a beneficial impact on many areas of health. The evidence statements in the Australian Dietary Guidelines show consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer – some of the main causes of death in Australia.

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Enjoy your next glass of milk

4. Milk is an effective sport recovery drink

Milk naturally provides both fluid and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) to assist with rehydration. The electrolyte concentration of milk is similar to conventional sports drinks and studies have now shown that milk is a more effective drink for rehydration than sports drinks or water.

5. Milk matters for muscles

Milk also contains high quality proteins (whey and casein) that can help repair muscles post workout and promote lean muscle growth. In a study of healthy, untrained men, those who drank skim milk after exercise gained more muscle and lost more body fat at the end of a 12-week training program than those who drank a soy protein beverage or a carbohydrate-only beverage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Editor

Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com. She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.

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