Celebrate Dairy Month

— Written By Cows and girls with popsicles

This June, celebrate National Dairy Month by pouring one more glass of wholesome, nutritious milk in honor of Southeast dairy farm families. Dairy farmers work 365 days a year to provide you with nature’s most perfect beverage. Learn more at The Dairy Alliance website. June Dairy Month started out as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm months of summer. The commemoration was established in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “dairy month. We encourage you to make milk your first beverage choice, other than water, based on its value, nutritional qualities, and wholesomeness. Whether it’s in a cappuccino, cereal, or smoothies, adding one more serving of milk to your family’s day can help ensure they get the nutrients

they need to build strong bones and teeth. At the same time, they benefit from decades of tradition and hard work by dairy farm families who pride themselves on producing wholesome dairy foods that help their children grow strong. Whether it’s in coffee, cereal, or smoothies, adding one more serving of milk to your family’s day can help ensure they get the nutrients they need to build strong bones and teeth. Trusted for decades, dairy farm families pride themselves on producing wholesome dairy foods that help their families grow up strong and healthy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) released the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), which reinforces the importance of consuming three daily servings of dairy foods like milk, yogurt, and cheese. The new DGA guidelines propose three different healthy eating patterns and dairy foods are a part of all three. Dairy is also highlighted for providing three of the four nutrients that are typically lacking in American diets: calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. Dairy’s unique combination of nutrients plays key roles in preventing heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Dairy is important for building strong bones and teeth. Adding milk with meals is an easy and delicious way to get the 13 essential nutrients your body needs, including calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. Cow’s milk offers a superior nutrient package over most alternative beverages including almond, rice, oat, and coconut. Most milk alternative drinks have only half the nutrients of real milk and cost nearly twice as much. Both organic and regular dairy foods contain the same essential nutrients key to a healthy and balanced diet. People who are sensitive to lactose can consume dairy foods that are lactose-reduced or lactose-free.