08 April 2010
Milk has been valued for years as an important food, especially for children. As well as being high in protein, it is a rich source of calcium for all. Milk is the major source of calcium for children and adults alike, building and maintaining strong and healthy bones and teeth. But if you're on diet, choose semi-skimmed and skimmed milk, because they are lower in fat.
Milk is the major source of calcium for children and adults alike, building and maintaining strong and healthy bones and teeth. Milk also provides useful amounts of zinc, iron and other minerals. Full-fat varieties are an excellent source of the fat-soluble vitamins A and D and all types of milk contain important levels of B vitamins. Milk is an important nutritional source for the elderly - the calcium it contains protects against osteoporosis and it is also a major source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) for many.
Other types of milk
For those who are sensitive to cow's milk, there are soya or other plant milk substitutes but select varieties fortified with calcium and other nutrients.
Lower fat skimmed and semi-skimmed milk remain high in calcium. The percentage amount of fat in milk is approximately:
- whole milk 4%
- semi-skimmed milk 2%
- skimmed milk less than 1%
Dishes with milk