As an expert in food, diet, nutrition and health, I’m compelled to respond to some misinformation shared in a letter earlier this week. Milk and dairy products play an important role in our children’s health, and as a Registered Dietitian, I regularly recommend real cow’s milk to my clients.
That’s because all cow’s milk (whole, skim or low-fat) offers a unique and powerful combination of nutrients, like vitamin A, Vitamin D, zinc, selenium and protein that are essential to a healthy immune system. It’s an affordable source of high-quality protein and helps improve bone health, especially in children and adolescents
The 2020 – 2025 U.S Dietary Guidelines for Americans point to ‘real dairy’ as an important component of our overall diets. When making a choice, consider these three points:
- Real milk has no added sugar like many milk alternatives.
- Real milk’s ingredient list is short—simply milk, along with vitamins D and A.
- Real milk is a nutrient powerhouse with 13 essential macro and micronutrients and eight times more protein than some other plant-based beverages.
In summary, look to nutrition professionals for healthy-eating advice. You can locate a list of registered dietitian nutritionists at eatright.org