National Dairy Month

June marks the beginning of summertime, and it is my opinion that the best summertime treat is ice cream. No question.

According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the average American eats about 22 pounds of ice cream each year. Can’t blame ’em.

And the IDFA reports that June is the highest production month for this dairy delight. So is it any surprise June is National Dairy Month—a month best celebrated by ice cream.

While you balance rich, cold, creamy goodness on the spoon in your right hand, use your left to scroll through some trivia and information about dairy.

From the American Dairy Association North East . . .

  1. There are roughly 350 “squirts” in a gallon of milk.
  2. The first cow in America arrived in the Jamestown colony in 1611. Until the 1850s, nearly every family had its own cow.
  3. A cow chews her cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) for up to 8 hours each day. That’s almost 30,000 chews daily!
  4. Dairy cows can produce 125 pounds of saliva in a single day.

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And from the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association . . .

  1. Dairy’s unique combination of nutrients plays key roles in preventing heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis.
  2. Cow’s milk offers a superior nutrient package over alternative beverages such as soy, almond, rice or coconut. Fat-free cow’s milk contains 15 fewer calories per glass, 70 percent more potassium and almost twice as much protein as many calcium-fortified soy beverages.
  3. Most milk alternative drinks have only half the nutrients of real milk and cost nearly twice as much.
  4. Despite rising fuel and feed costs, milk continues to be a great value at about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass.


And finally, a quick plug for cows’ milk. Every glass of milk has nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, and vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin, and niacin. Every time. The Western Dairy Association reviews the many health benefits of traditional milk:

In addition to milk’s unique package of essential nutrients, its naturally occurring form of calcium is readily absorbed by our bodies. This is not always true of the various forms of calcium that may be used to fortify non-dairy milk alternatives.

So, when comparing non-dairy milk alternatives to real milk, it is important to consider both the quantity and the quality of the essential nutrients contained in each.

Read more here.


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