Milk is a staple of the Irish diet, which provides a unique package of nutrients – protein, calcium, iodine, vitamin B2 and vitamin B12. Milk is versatile too and is ideal as a refreshing stand-alone drink; in smoothies; served with breakfast cereals; or for use in cooking and baking.
Variety and choice
- Whole milk: Irish whole milk contains just 3.5% fat.
- Low Fat milk: Semi-skimmed milk contains no more than 1.8% fat, (or approximately half the fat of whole milk). Semi-skimmed milk may also be referred to as low-fat milk.
- Skimmed milk: Skimmed milk contains no more than 0.5% fat. Skimmed milk is sometimes called ‘fat-free’ milk. Although virtually fat-free, skimmed milk is not lower in calcium than whole milk.
- Fortified milk: Fortified milk – usually whole or low-fat milk- which contains added vitamins and minerals e.g. vitamins D and E, folic acid and calcium.
How milk keeps you healthy…
- Calcium – helps to strengthen bones and is important for healthy teeth and gums. The calcium is unaffected by cooking, so daily calcium needs can be easily met incorporating milk into cooked dishes. A pint of milk each day makes a substantial contribution to calcium and vitamin needs.
- Protein – essential for all your energy needs. Protein is also essential for your body’s growth and repair.
- Vitamin B12 – essential for energy production and the normal functions of the brain and nervous system. It is also essential for the production of red blood cells
- Vitamin A – essential for good vision, healthy hair and skin.
- Vitamin D – helps in the absorption of calcium from the diet and is important for healthy skin.