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.
Calcium and Vitamin D: Top Food Sources
Calcium and vitamin D are important to prevent osteoporosis. These tips can help you get the calcium and vitamin D your bones need.
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.
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?
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.
Calcium: Gotta Have It for Healthy Bones
Milk and other calcium-rich foods are an important part of a bone-healthy lifestyle that can not only reduce the risk of fractures as you get older, but may also protect against certain cancers.
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