UC Davis food chemist shares science behind distinct health benefits of real milk
“Just because a liquid is white does not mean it is nutritionally similar to real milk,” states Dr. Bruce German, Director of the UC Davis Food for Health Institute. “Milk is uniquely balanced to deliver proteins, nutrients and fats to our bodies in a comprehensive dietary package. Adding just two to three servings of real dairy a day can have positive effects on human health.”
German’s three decades spent studying the role of diet and health has also uncovered important common attributes between human breast milk and milk from a cow. “Cow’s milk resembles human breast milk, which provides
A pattern of nutritious choices plays a role in supporting immunity. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese can play an important part in a healthy eating pattern. “Consuming dairy every day is easy, since it is such a quality, versatile food,” shared Jennifer Giambroni, VP of Communications at Real California Milk. “Start your family’s morning off right with milk and cereal or a bowl of yogurt, dip into a wholesome, protein-rich cottage cheese snack in the afternoon, and add a couple of ounces of grated cheese to a dinner salad and you have three nutritious servings of dairy delivered deliciously.”
Visit realcaliforniamilk.com/recipes for inspiration on how to integrate real milk and dairy foods into everyday meals and snacks.
California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt. California milk and dairy foods can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies they are made with milk from the state’s dairy farm families, leading the nation in sustainable dairy farming practices.