Milk with the catchy phrase we hear in ads and commercials, “Got Milk” is the number one beverage of the world. This drink has been fed to babies and young animals and a primary source of nutrition since them are physically unable to digest strained, pureed and whole foods for quite some time.
Milk is enjoyed by billions of people around the globe. It is only fitting that there is a food holiday designated to milk, and today is that day. January 11 is National Milk Day! Way back in 1878 on January 11 to be exact was the first time that milk was delivered to homes in glass bottles. Maybe some of you can remember the milk man leaving bottles of milk outside your front door or heard stories from elderly relatives spinning their yarns of the good old days. The milk was always fresh and the cream would float to the top of the bottles. The bottles had to be shaken to mix the cream with the rest of the milk. There was only one flavor so to speak and that was whole milk.
Originally milk was only retrieved from cows but today many people in various countries have enjoyed the milk from sheep, camels, goats and even water buffalos.
Today you can purchase milk in supermarkets with a variety of different labels from whole milk to low-fat, skim, one percent, two percent, buttermilk, organic, almond milk, lactose-free milk and of course chocolate milk.
Milk is also the number one liquid food that helps promote good bone health and teeth. It is a wonderful source of calcium and contains vitamins and minerals that aid in good nutrition.
Trivia facts about milk:
- Mother cows or ewes can produce approximately eight gallons of milk a day.
- Milking cows can consume roughly forty gallons of water and fifty pounds of dry food daily.
- Dairy farmers can manually milk six cows an hour.
- It takes roughly twenty-one pounds of milk to churn out one pound of butter.
- In each state within the United States there is a daily farm.
- A standard sized cow weights around 1,400 pounds.
- Twelve pounds of whole milk is needed to create a single gallon of ice cream.
- Plastic milk containers were introduced into the states in 1967.
- Cows have four stomachs and thirty-two teeth.
Health facts about milk:
- Helps prevent hypertension, dental decay, dehydration, osteoporosis and obesity.
- Helps protect tooth enamel for stronger teeth.
- Helps assist in the healthy growth of the body’s nervous system.
- Helps promote healthy thyroid functions.
- Good source of iodine.
- Milk contains vitamins A, D and B12 as well as potassium phosphorus, zinc and magnesium.
There is no other food that contributes more essential nutrients than milk!
Have you had your glass of milk today?
Enjoy a glass of cold milk and celebrate National Milk Day!
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