There are “hot topics” in the nutrition world, such as The Paleo Diet, Nutrigenomics, and Omega 3’s.
On the other hand, there are lots of ideas and foods in nutrition the world that are “tried and true.” These foods have been around a long time and we know they are healthy and good for you. Dairy products are “tried and true” and the goal is 3 servings per day.
Living in the Midwest, there are lots of dairy farms and many here are familiar with this business. I, however, was not. Thus, when I recently had the pleasure to tour a real, live, hard-at-work dairy farm in Higginsville, MO, it was a treat. Thanks to the Heins Family for letting us tour their farm. I learned lots about the process of bringing milk to the table and wanted to share a few tidbits of information with you:
- Milk travels from the farm to the grocery store shelf in 48 hours!
- No milk on your grocery store shelf has antibiotics. Milk is routinely tested and safe.
- On the 1400 acre Heins Family Farm, 650 cows are milked daily.
- The farmers rely on their animal nutritionist to make sure the cows are getting the vitamins and minerals they need. Healthy cows around here, indeed.
- 5,000 gallons of milk are sent off the farm per day. WOW!
It is obvious dairy farmers put a lot of science, care, money and time into their craft to deliver a quality product and it was interesting to see things close-up. I’ve always recommended milk for my clients. Flavored milk is a great option for children. Chocolate milk is the perfect recovery drink for an athlete. Pregnant women should aim for one dairy snack a day, such as yogurt or cheese cubes. Milk is an easy way to get a great combination of protein and carbohydrates, while also getting Vitamin D, protein, phosphorus, and potassium. And, at 25 cents per glass, it’s a bargain.
As I poured milk on my kids’ cereal this morning, I told them it came from a farm right here in Missouri. It is good for them. It tastes great. And they must have agreed…they drank the last drop from their cereal bowls, then sprinted off to enjoy the start of summer!
Special thanks to Midwest Dairy Council for arranging the tour.