Why is Milk So Good for You?
Good Food = Better Nutrition for Proper Learning
Studies show well-nourished students are able to concentrate longer and perform better in school.1, 2, 3
One Serving of Milk Goes a Long Way
Providing your children with a daily serving of milk helps them grow healthy bodies and minds.
Bone Up On Milk Products
A child’s growth depends on bone development. Milk products contain up to 16 essential nutrients, including protein and calcium to help young bones develop properly. Furthermore, all cow’s milk in Canada is fortified with vitamin D which helps the body absorb the large amounts of calcium found in both white and chocolate milk.
16 essential nutrients:
- Protein helps build and repair body tissues such as bones and builds antibodies which fight infection.
- Vitamin A plays a role in bone and tooth development, the maintenance of night vision and healthy skin.
- Vitamin B12 aids in building red blood cells.
- Vitamin B6 helps convert food into energy and builds tissues such as bones.
- Riboflavin helps build tissues and convert food into energy.
- Niacin aids in normal growth, helps convert food into energy, and helps build tissues such as bones.
- Thiamin releases energy from carbohydrates and aids normal growth.
- Pantothenic acid helps convert food into energy and build tissues such as bones.
- Folate aids in building red blood cells.
- Vitamin D enhances calcium and phosphorus absorption for strong bones and teeth.
- Calcium aids in building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
- Magnesium helps convert food into energy, build tissues and keep bones and teeth healthy.
- Phosphorus helps build and maintain healthy bones and healthy teeth.
- Potassium helps nerves and muscles function properly.
- Zinc helps convert food into energy and build tissues such as bones.
- Selenium aids in the correct functioning of the immune system.
Learn about Why Milk in School
- Maclellan D, Taylor J, Wood K. Food Intake And Academic Performance Among Adolescence. Can J Diet Prac Res 2008; 69(3):141-144.
- Florence Md, Asbridge M, Veugelers Pj. Diet Quality And Academic Performance. J Sch Health 2008; 78:209-215.
- Sorhaindo A, Feinstein L. What Is The Relationship Between Child Nutrition And School Outcomes? Centre For Research On The Wider Benefits Of Learning Research Report No. 18. Institute Of Education, London, 2006. Available At Www.Learningbenefits.Net. Accessed August 13, 2009.