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Arla guide explains the nutritional importance of milk

12 June 2015  •  Author(s): Victoria White

Arla Foods, the farmer-owned dairy company, has created a new guide, developed to help provide a better understanding of the benefits of dairy, and milk in particular.

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The guide was created as part of Arla’s multi-million pound campaign to start to build value in its healthier product portfolio to households across the UK.  It extols the benefits of milk, and counteracts the common misconceptions about dairy using the latest nutritional information and guidelines recommended in the UK.

It also outlines why milk is recommended as part of a varied diet and balanced lifestyle. For example, a glass of whole milk (250ml) can provide 90% of the needed daily intake of vitamin B12, 17% of the recommended daily intake of protein and 38% of the recommended daily intake of calcium.

Milk contains potassium which can help maintain normal blood pressure

The guide also includes information on the important role dairy nutrients play in healthy eating for every life stage like during the teenage years, when calcium demands are higher as bones develop quickly (it is estimated that 19% of girls and 8% of boys aged 11 to 18 years old have very low calcium intakes).  Equally, in older age, a glass of milk can make a difference as it provides 20% of the recommended intake of potassium which can help maintain normal blood pressure.

Sarah Baldwin, Vice President, Marketing, Arla Foods UK, said, “Even though dairy is an important part of a healthy and balanced diet people can be confused about its benefits. Dairy is rich in nutrients and we felt there was a good opportunity to be clear on the important roles these play in healthy eating for every life stage. Our guide helps everyone understand the benefits of dairy.”

The guide is available here: www.arlafoods.co.uk/nutrition/healthy-living

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