Milk is a delicious way for kids to get high-quality nutrients needed to build strong bones and support overall growth and development. One cup (8 ounces) of cow’s milk is packed with essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, iodine, choline, and zinc. All these nutrients are essential for growing kids. Among the plethora of nutrients are fat soluble vitamins D and A. Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption supporting bone formation, growth, and repairs. Vitamin A is a beneficial antioxidant that help reduce inflammation.
Present-day cow’s milk is not a single product; primary sources in the US include cows and goat as well as plant-based milk such as soy, almond, and ripple milk. Many options are available: fresh or long life, organic, grass-fed, low fat, fat-free, fortified with vitamin D or omega-3s, fermented with acidophilus, lactose-free, and hormone-free. Grass-fed and organic cow’s milk may contain more vitamin K2 and omega 3. Lactose-free milk is also an option and can help
ease or eliminate symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, or diarrhea in individuals with lactose intolerance. With so many options available, it is easy to find a milk source to satisfy your palate and boost your nutrition.