Delicious And Nutritious
Milk is delicious and nutritious and milk products naturally provide nine essential nutrients for normal growth and for the maintenance of good health. These nutrients include:
• Calcium: A 250ml serving of milk provides 30% of the daily requirement of calcium that helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. This mineral also plays an important role in nerve function, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
• Vitamin D: When fortified, a glass of milk provides about 25% of the daily value for vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to promote the absorption of calcium and enhances bone mineralisation. Milk is one of the few dietary sources of this important nutrient.
• Protein: Milk protein is a ‘complete protein’, because it contains all the essential amino acids we need for the growth of new tissues and the repair of damaged ones. These amino acids are classified as ‘essential’ because the human body is not able to manufacture them. A 250ml glass of milk provides about 16% of the daily value for protein.
• Potassium: Potassium regulates the body’s fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure. It’s also needed for muscle activity and contraction. A glass of milk provides 11% of the daily value of potassium.
• Vitamin A: A glass of milk provides 10% of the daily value of vitamin A. This nutrient helps maintain normal vision and skin, and helps regulate cell growth and maintain the integrity of the immune system.
• Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 helps build red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to working muscles. Just one 250ml glass of milk provides about 13% of the daily value for this vitamin.
• Riboflavin: Milk is an excellent source of riboflavin, providing 24% of the daily value. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, helps convert food into energy – a process crucial for exercising muscles.
• Niacin (or equivalent): Niacin is important for the normal function of many enzymes in the body, and is involved in the metabolism of sugars and fatty acids. A glass of milk contains 10% of the daily value for niacin.
• Phosphorus: It helps strengthen bones and generates energy in your body’s cells. Providing 20% of the daily value, milk is an excellent source of phosphorus.
Did you know?
Parmalat’s milk suppliers sign a declaration that they do not and will not use the supplemental BST (bovine somatotropin) growth hormone for any of their dairy cows. rBST hormones are synthetic hormones that are used to artificially stimulate milk production in cows. The dairy farmers also give consent for any of Parmalat’s dairy advisors to visit their farm to inspect parlour conditions and enforce quality and safety specifications. This is in line with Parmalat’s commitment to safety and quality, aspiring to meet the highest quality and safety standards in our production processes, including the quality of the milk the company uses to make our range of products. Parmalat is proud of its overall focus on food safety practices and their milk suppliers share this journey with them.
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