My Fitness Pal and Dairy

Why the Protein in Milk Is the Complete Package

When it comes to meeting your family’s daily protein requirements, not all foods are created equal.

In addition to considering the amount of protein in your food, there are several other factors to consider when it comes choosing the right protein foods for your kids, for you and your family.

Just one 8-ounce serving of milk has 8 grams of protein, which builds and repairs muscle tissue (an equal serving of almond beverage has only 1 gram of protein). One serving of milk also meets the daily values (DV) for the following nutrients (based on Food and Drug Administration guidelines):

  • Calcium (25 percent): Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth
  • Riboflavin (35 percent): Supports body growth, red blood cell production and metabolism
  • Phosphorus (20 percent): Strengthens bones
  • Vitamin D (15 percent): Helps promote the absorption of calcium
  • Pantothenic Acid (20 percent): Helps convert food into energy
  • Potassium (8 percent): Regulates fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure
  • Vitamin A (15 percent): Promotes good vision and healthy skin
  • Niacin (10 percent): Promotes proper circulation