Today is a day to celebrate something we drink.
Why is January 11 celebrated as National Milk Day?
The answer is quite simple. It was on Jan. 11, 1878, when milk was delivered to customers in bottles for the first time.
Almost everyone knows what milk is.
Milk is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food.
Throughout the world, there are more than 6 billion consumers of milk and milk products. Over 750 million people live within dairy farming households. Milk is a key contributor to improving nutrition and food security particularly in developing countries.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that an adult with a healthy 2,000-calorie diet should consume at least 3 cups of milk products on a daily basis.
Milk is just not for drinking. Milk is also used in cooking foods of many kinds including cakes, pies and other desserts.
Fun Facts About Milk From MooMilk.com:
- A cow drinks approximately 30 to 40 gallons of water each day!
- Mother cows produce up to 8 gallons of milk per day.
- During Homogenization the butter fat is broken up and mixed into the rest of the milk.
- The Pasteurization process consists off quickly heating the milk to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, killing any bacteria that might be found in the milk.