For milk lovers, you need more than one day to celebrate its goodness.
Each June, we celebrate National Dairy Month and World Milk Day. But there are other days throughout the year—National Ice Cream Month, National Chocolate Milk Day, Eggnog Day, etc.–where real milk and its products are spotlighted.
This month’s food holiday, National Milk Day, celebrates not only the very first time milk was delivered to homes inside sterilized glass bottles in 1878, but how accessible milk has become thanks to that step.
The delivery of milk from the farm to consumers became safer. Rather than the unsanitary practice of ladling milk from the milkman’s bucket to the buyer’s bucket, fresh milk could now come to your doorstep fresh and without contamination. Further developments in milk safety and delivery have occurred in the nearly century and a half since this advancement.
Now that we have the technology to pasteurize, homogenize, and deliver fresh milk to stores across the country, milk is more accessible than ever before. At just about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass, no other beverage packs the nutrition power of milk’s 13 essential nutrients for the dollar. Research shows that milk and milk products are the least expensive dietary source of vitamin D in the American diet, making it a popular choice amongst consumers.
And the dairy food group is diverse. In addition to milk, you can enjoy milk products like yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and more. This National Milk Day, discover what dairy food is your favorite.
Milk is more than a tasty treat. It also does a body good. Milk is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients important for your health, including key nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, and protein that support a healthy immune system.
So this National Milk Day, and every other day, raise a glass to dairy good food.
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