Milk is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin D, and is helpful in building strong bones and maintaining or even losing weight. There are a variety of types of milk to suit any dietary need: soy milk, low-fat, whole, skim, and many more! It's well known that often today's kids and adults need more vitamin D. More people are at risk for osteoporosis because of low intake of calcium and/or vitamin D. Milk is a major source of these nutrients. But beware of drinking too much high-fat milk -- your weight could creep up on you. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about the benefits of milk, how to get more milk in your diet, and much more.
What Milk Can Do for You
Foods in the milk group provide vital nutrients, including calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein. Learn more here.
Healthy Protein for Weight Loss
Protein can help you lose weight and keep your belly full. But it's important to eat the right kind. Find out from the experts at WebMD which proteins are healthiest.
Calories in Drinks and Popular Beverages
Use this handy chart to track the calories you're drinking, from morning's juice to evening's nightcap.
The Dairy Foods Chart
Use this handy chart to compare the calories and calcium levels of dairy foods.
Milk for Your Bones?
For years, women have been told to drink milk to prevent osteoporosis. But are milk and other dairy products really the best sources of calcium?
Milk Banks Supply Needed Breast Milk
Milk banks provide human milk to the neediest babies who otherwise wouldn't get this nutritional and developmental boost.
The Right Formula?
Parents debate what kind of milk is best to put in baby's bottle.
Does Dairy Do a Colon Good?
Got milk? If the results of a recent study hold true, you might consider reaching for a tall glass of the one percent. A grain of salt might go well with your beverage, too.
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