Dairy aisle

Find affordable nutrition in the dairy aisle. (Even the chocolate milk.)

Dollar for dollar, dairy foods are one of the most economical sources of nutrition in the grocery store. At about 25 cents a glass, milk is American’s number one food source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D – three essential nutrients that people lack the most.

Families can bank on nine essential nutrients when they purchase dairy foods:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Protein
  • Vitamins A, D and B12
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin

Beyond building stronger bones, three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods add helpful nutrients to your diet and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

You may be thinking, “What if my kids only drink flavored milk?” Don’t worry, while milk varies in fat and calorie levels, every type — from whole, reduced-fat, low-fat or fat-free to chocolate — delivers the same nine essential nutrients.

Although flavored milks have added sugars, they account for less than 50 calories per serving. That is a small amount compared to how many nutrients it can provide both children and adults. Almost one-half of the sugar is naturally occurring lactose which is found in all milk.

So raise a glass to delicious, affordable nutrition from dairy!

Learn more about dairy nutrition here.