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National Dairy Month originated in 1937 as National Milk Month to promote drinking of milk. This recognition has evolved into an array of options from skim to whole to flavored milks plus a variety of yogurts, cheeses, and other dairy products.

Below are  trivia questions from the Southeastern Dairy Organization which I have modified and added a few of my own. Test your knowledge about milk and milk products.

  • What is pasteurization? Pasteurized milk has been heated to the proper temperature to kill any pathogens in the product. Recent trends among several groups have promoted raw milk. This means drinking milk as it comes straight from the cow. While dairy farmers maintain the utmost in sanitation, the possibility of contamination always exists. The Center for Disease Control considers pasteurized milk 150 times safer than raw milk.
  • What is homogenization? Homogenization is a process of breaking down the fat in milk to make a more uniform texture throughout the mixture. Without this process, the cream (fat) in the milk will rise to the top of the fluid milk.
  • What does fortified mean? Generally, this term in relation to milk refers to adding nutrients to the product to increase the nutritive value. Most milk is fortified with 400 International Units per quart of vitamin D.
  • How much protein does a serving of milk provide? One 8-ounce serving of milk has eight grams of protein making it a major source for daily protein needs.
  • Are Greek yogurt and regular yogurt made from different types of milk? No. While the term “Greek” is unregulated, true Greek yogurt has most of the whey (watery part of milk) strained off. Greek yogurt has greater amounts of protein, less sodium, and less sugar than regular yogurt.
  • True or False: Eating yogurt helps with digestion. True. Yogurt can be beneficial in the digestive process.

Dairy is an important part of a healthy diet. Health professional recommend that individuals age nine or above consume three serving of dairy each day. However, most people’s diets include only two serving daily. Milk and milk products are high in varied nutrients. The calcium and phosphorus plus those products fortified with Vitamin D promote bone health.

To observe National Dairy Month, the National Dairy Council emphasizes 30 Days of Dairy. This informative site suggests ways to incorporate dairy into meals and snacks. One section includes recipes. I plan to try their yummy sounding recipe for Baked Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Dip which has 8 grams of protein and only 80 calories per serving.

Enjoy the wholesome goodness and benefits of milk and milk products. Celebrate National Dairy Month.

 

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