Four Things You Might Not Know About Milk {and a Giveaway}

by Cate on September 29, 2015

Babies

Milk. It does a body good.

Anyone remember that slogan from, um, 1980, or am I dating myself?

A few years ago, when I attended the Food Blog Forum in Orlando, I was the lucky winner of one of the door prizes … a year’s worth of milk from the very generous Florida Dairy Farmers. And I swear that was as good as winning $500.

Because we go through a ridiculous amount of milk in our home. To the tune of nearly two gallons a week. Which is kind of awesome, but it also means I’m at Costco every week picking up more.

Clearly I need to win another year’s supply because the kids, particularly Madeline, can drink me under the table.

But I needn’t complain. Because it’s actually (and perhaps surprisingly) one of the most affordable ways to make sure the kids get enough calcium, vitamin D, and potassium in their diet.

But milk is for more than just kids.

I recently teamed up with the folks at Milk Life to learn more about why it’s so important to include milk as part of our daily routine, and to share a few milk facts that you might not know:

  1. Milk drinkers might be less susceptible to Type 2 diabetes. Researchers analyzed 17 studies that included data from more than 370,000 men and women to determine the relationship between dairy intake and diabetes risk and found that for nearly one extra daily glass (6.5 oz.), milk drinkers had a 13% lower risk of type 2 diabetes (you can check this link for more details), so drink up!
  2. Milk helps you reach your height potential. Milk equals healthy bones and healthy bones equals meeting your height potential. Women are still growing and their bodies are still maturing up until age 18, and men, age 20. A glass of milk isn’t just for kids!
  3. Milk is the top food source of calcium in our diets, says this study, and it’s so easy to incorporate. Just start by adding it to your healthy breakfast.
  4. Milk is a great farm-to-table food, and 97% of farms are family-owned and operated, passed down from generation to generation.

For just a few bucks a gallon, it’s pretty impossible to ignore the magical qualities of milk. And to really drive home the point of getting more milk in YOUR life, Milk Life asked that we do a little giveaway here. All you have to do is tell me which of those four facts surprised you the most, and you will be entered to win a month’s worth of free milk (an $18 value). Follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@cateomalley) and you can get an easy extra entry. Contest closes on Saturday at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

Be sure to visit Milk Life for more milk facts, recipes, and the most gorgeous pictures ever, and follow them on Pinterest and Instagram.

Tomorrow? I’ll be back with a recipe for zucchini fritters.

*This is a sponsored post but, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the clients that I work with.

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manda September 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

The first fact about diabetes.

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Meg September 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

I definitely didn’t realize milk can help you reach your height potential. I drank a ton as a kid, but stopped as a teen. At only 5’2″, that might have been useful information a decade ago! ;)

I’d love to be entered in the giveaway, and I happily follow you on Twitter and Instagram.
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manda September 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

I follow on twitter.

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Karen @ The Food Charlatan October 2, 2015 at 1:22 am

Oh, we totally go through 2 gallons a week at least. And it is NOT just the kids, haha. A year’s supply of milk would be amazing, so cool that you won!!

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Jennai October 3, 2015 at 1:43 am

Women are still growing and their bodies are still maturing up until age 18, and men, age 20. I didn’t really know that.

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Jennai October 3, 2015 at 1:45 am

I follow you on Pinterest as Jennai74

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Staci A October 3, 2015 at 1:19 pm

#1 is the most surprising!

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Staci A October 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I follow you on Twitter @mommastacia. Thanks!

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