Recently, I attended a women’s expo and exhibited on behalf of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, as well as all of Michigan’s dairy farmers and processors. The exhibit booth was displayed beautifully with nutrition illustrations, black and white dairy cow spots, and got milk? graphics in every corner. Naturally, I was met with several women and families who literally ran up to the “milk” booth to exclaim how much they “looooved milk!”
At one point during the expo I met a woman who stated to me that she does not let her young daughter drink milk because it makes her “develop” faster than normal, because of all the hormones. Happily, I was able to dispel this myth and explain to the mother that milk does help develop strong bones, teeth, and muscles. Unfortunately, milk does not enhance specific body parts, but if it did, imagine the long line of people that would appear at the dairy case!
Milk does do a body good by providing nine essential nutrients and a punch of protein. Milk is America’s number one source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin D; with cheese coming in at second place. Dairy makes healthy eating easy and can help fill nutrient gaps commonly seen in Americans’ diets. From childhood to adulthood, the dairy industry is committed to providing real and fresh nutrient-rich foods and beverages.
I was able to share some facts about hormones and milk with the woman at the expo and set her mind at ease. I was happy to see her relax knowing that milk is safe and nutritious for her daughter to drink and that it will ONLY enhance her muscles, bones, and teeth. Now that’s something to celebrate!