What nutrients are in milk?

Jul 12, 2016   In Nutrition
Pouring a glass of milk

You’ve always heard that milk is a more nutritious option than other sugary drinks, and can do everything from start your day to complete a workout. But what makes it such a powerhouse? What exactly are those nutrients?

Let’s break it down.

In every eight-ounce glass of milk (from whole milk to fat free, from lactose free to flavored milk), you’ll find...

Eight grams of protein. We all need protein to keep our muscles healthy—and to help build them back up after workouts. Plus, protein helps bellies feel fuller for longer, so it can help reduce hunger throughout the morning. This sets a course for feeling satisfied all day, which reduces snacking!

Vitamins A, B12 and D. That’s 10% of your daily value of vitamin A (for eye health and supporting your immune system), 20% of your daily value of vitamin B12 (for the central nervous system and healthy red blood cell production), and 25% of your daily value of Vitamin D (which helps your body absorb the calcium it needs for strong bones).  

Calcium and potassium. Calcium helps maintain strong bones and teeth, and there’s 30% of your daily value in just one glass of milk! Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure, and you can find 10% of your daily value in one glass.

Phosphorus and niacin. Working together with calcium and vitamin D, phosphorus helps maintain bone health. And niacin—aka vitamin B3—helps turn food into energy.

Altogether, a glass of milk in the morning can give your body the boost it needs to feel full and get the nutrients it needs! Add that to other nutritious options like steel-cut oatmeal with sliced banana, or whole-grain cereal with dried fruit.