I’m a little tired of weak arguments about whether or not we should drink milk, based on what other species of animals drink. Aren’t we the only species of mammals that plants gardens, builds schools, and sends members of our species into outer space? Should we give up these activities because our animal friends don’t perform similar tasks? As humans, we possess higher intelligence, and should use it to ask relevant questions about the foods and beverages we consume. I would suggest the following three:
- Is it nutritious? Dairy milk is the original superfood. An 8 ounce glass of milk delivers 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high quality protein. Not only is milk linked to strong bones and teeth, but also to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure in adults. So it’s a healthy choice for the whole family.
- Does it taste good? In my opinion, there’s nothing like a cold glass of milk with eggs and waffles for breakfast. The combination helps you get the recommended 20-30 grams of protein, which is often lacking at breakfast. Milk tastes great in smoothies, along with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. I also use milk in my power latte, which includes coffee and whey protein. Both my smoothie and power latte provide 20+ grams of protein to refuel my muscles after exercise.
- Is it a good value for my dollar? While a wealthy minority can afford to eat gourmet foods and craft silly arguments about why we should or shouldn’t eat certain foods, the average consumer works hard to balance the family budget, and has to spend their food dollar wisely. Dairy milk is one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein. For just 25 cents a glass, you can get 8 grams of high-quality protein. Penny for penny, other sources─like beef and fish─just can’t compare.
There’s just no replacement for the nutrition, taste and value of real dairy milk. It’s a great choice for children of all ages, moms, and grandmas. And of course it’s for guys too.
Here’s my Power Latte recipe:
- ½ cup low-fat milk
- ½ cup coffee
- 1 scoop (about 27 grams) chocolate whey protein supplement that delivers 20 g protein – no added sugars
Mix in a blender and consume within 30 minutes of resistance exercise. Helps build and maintain muscle. Aids in weight management. Calories 140, Fat 1.5 g, Carbs 8 g, Sugars 7 g, Protein 24 g.