With recent studies showing the benefits of including good-for-you fats in your diet, whole milk is back on the family table. As the low fat diet trend loses popularity, more families are choosing whole milk over low-fat alternatives like nut milks and skim milks.
Milk has always been an important part of our diet. We drink it most when we’re young to build strong bodies, and it has a variety of health benefits when we’re fully grown. A typical cup of whole milk (3.25% fat) contains:
- 146 calories
- 8 grams of fat
- 13 grams of carbohydrates
- 8 grams of protein
A glass of whole milk is a perfect snack any time of day. Here are just a few ways whole milk helps you maintain a healthy body.
Better For Blood Sugar – The fat in whole milk helps slow down our body’s absorption of sugar, which over time can reduce the risk of diabetes by 46%.
Skin Health – The enzymes and amino acids in whole milk help smooth and moisturize the skin. You can also add whole milk to the bath! The lactic acid in milk gently exfoliates your skin while soothing irritated skin like eczema or even a sunburn.
Heart Health – Whole milk is also a good source of Potassium, which lowers blood pressure and your risk of heart problems.
Bones and Teeth – As an excellent source of Calcium and Vitamin D, whole milk builds strong bones and teeth. This is one of the main reasons it’s so important for children to drink milk.
Weight Loss – Several studies have shown that women who drink whole fat milk instead of skim or 2% milk are less at risk for obesity. This is because the fat keeps you fuller longer, so you’re less likely to reach for carbohydrates and sugars for a snack.
Builds Muscles – Whole milk is full of good, pure protein and essential amino acids which helps you build muscle quickly. The nutrients in whole milk also help with muscle repair.
Mood Booster and Stress Reduction – Whole milk is fortified with Vitamin D, an essential nutrient known to regulate moods and prevent Depression. Because it increases serotonin, it can also help you sleep better!
There you have it! Grab yourself a glass of whole milk today!