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Essential nutrients

In addition to being fortified with vitamin D, milk is also a natural source of 14 essential nutrients. Here’s a quick rundown of what they are, and some of the things they help your body do.

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Every serving also contains:

  • Niacin

  • Zinc

  • Thiamin

  • Riboflavin

  • Selenium

  • Potassium

  • vitamin B6

  • Pantothenic acid

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A 200 ml glass of milk contains about the same amount of protein as one egg.

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Choose your flavour

Whether you like to drink 1%, 2%, homogenized or chocolate milk, it all contains the same nutritional elements.

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Heart healthy

A recent study suggests that dairy consumption was associated with a 10% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 12% lower risk of stroke.

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Test your nutrition knowledge

The nutritional facts are clear, but there are still a lot of misconceptions about dairy products. Can you filter out the truth from the falsehoods?

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True or False?

You can enjoy dairy if you’re lactose intolerant

True!

You can still enjoy milk if you’re lactose intolerant. Try drinking smaller portions, and drink milk with meals or other foods. You can also buy lactose-free milk and lower-lactose cheeses, or take lactase enzyme drops or tablets beforehand to reduce symptoms.

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True!

You can still enjoy milk if you’re lactose intolerant. Try drinking smaller portions, and drink milk with meals or other foods. You can also buy lactose-free milk and lower-lactose cheeses, or take lactase enzyme drops or tablets beforehand to reduce symptoms.

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True or False?

Warm milk makes you sleepy

False!

Warm milk can be a pleasant, comforting drink before you head off to bed – and it certainly counts toward your recommended number of servings. But while it does contain the sleep-inducing amino acid Tryptophan, it doesn’t have a high enough quantity to induce sleepiness.

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False!

Warm milk can be a pleasant, comforting drink before you head off to bed – and it certainly counts toward your recommended number of servings. But while it does contain the sleep-inducing amino acid Tryptophan, it doesn’t have a high enough quantity to induce sleepiness.

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True or False?

Canadian cows are given hormones to increase milk production

False!

This is a popular misconception. Growth hormones aren’t allowed in Canada. There may be naturally occurring hormones in the cow’s milk, but your own gastrointestinal system render about 90% of this already insignificant amount inactive.

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False!

This is a popular misconception. Growth hormones aren’t allowed in Canada. There may be naturally occurring hormones in the cow’s milk, but your own gastrointestinal system render about 90% of this already insignificant amount inactive.

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Pasteurized milk is healthier than raw milk

True! Pasteurization is the process of heating milk at temperatures high enough to kill potentially harmful bacteria. It not only makes your milk safe to drink, it helps extend its shelf life by destroying organisms that can make it spoil sooner.

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Canadian milk contains antibiotics

False! Sometimes cows get sick – but strict precautions are taken to ensure the milk you drink doesn’t contain any medication they may be taking. The farmer will continue to milk her, but the milk is discarded for a mandatory period until the medication is no longer in her system.

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